In an interview on Foz News Liz Cheney is calling for President Obama to ask the government of Iceland to shut the web page WikiLeaks down. She was not asked what connection Wikileaks has to Iceland. However, she claims that and says that WikiLeaks founder Mr. Assange has “blood on his hands.”
Cheney, who is the daughter of former US Vice-President Dick Cheney said: “I would point out that although you’ve got the news about the WikiLeaks documents that that came out this week and clearly Julian Assange’s effort was to change course for the US policy in Afghanistan. He was unsuccessful in that. He does clearly have blood on his hands potentially for the people whose names were in those documents who helped the US and I think that’s something he will have to live with now.”
Ms. Cheney then added the unexpected Iceland connection: “I would really like to see President Obama to move to ask the government of Iceland to shut that website down. I would like to see him move to shut it down ourselves if Iceland won’t do it. I would like to see them move aggressively to prosecute Mr. Assange and certainly ensure that he never again gets a visa to enter the United States.”
“What he’s done is very clearly aiding and abetting al Qaeda. And as I said, he may very well be responsible for the deaths of American soldiers Afghanistan,” she concluded.
Mr. Assange has been in Iceland a number of times and Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir has assisted him. Alda Sigmundsdóttir wrote on the Iceland Weather Report on June 18:
“A couple of days ago a producer with ABC News in the US got in touch with me wanting to use a video I posted on YouTube in a segment they were producing about WikiLeaks. That segment has now aired. In it, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, MP for The Movement, speaks openly about her involvement with WikiLeaks and the new Icelandic Modern Media Initiative — the law that was passed a few days ago, awarding sanctuary to whistleblowers, investigative journalists, journalists’ sources, and the like.
I must say I was slightly taken aback about the way they lumped together WikiLeaks, the IMMI legislation, and the Icelandic parliament. To me, it could easily be construed as though the Icelandic parliament is hiding Julian and plans to offer protection to anyone who leaks more stuff about the US army. Or what do you think? Listen to the number of times Birgitta says “we” — is it clear when she’s speaking about WikiLeaks, and when she’s speaking about the Icelandic parliament?”
This might be the Icelandic link Ms. Cheney is referring to.