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Icelandic MP’s Wikileaks Twitter Case in US Courts

The lawyers representing Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir declared during court proceedings in the US on Tuesday that basic human rights were at stake if the ruling that the social network Twitter is to hand over information on the communication of Jónsdóttir and other individuals connected with Wikileaks to US authorities is carried through.


Birgitta Jónsdóttir. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The claims made by Jónsdóttir and two other individuals that the Twitter ruling be annulled and that US authorities lift the confidentiality of information related to this case was debated in court yesterday.

The defendants’ lawyers argued that this case is about rights stated in the US Constitution: privacy and freedom of speech. The three defendants must also have access to all information so that they can protect these rights, they stated, reports.

The matter is related to the US authorities’ probe into Wikileaks. The lawyers representing the US government denied that they were putting pressure on Jónsdóttir as an MP and that Icelandic laws had been violated.

The verdict will be announced in the coming weeks.

Click here to read more about this case.

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