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Opposition calls for investigation of phone taps

Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, reports that the opposition parties in the Icelandic parliament, Althingi, are calling for an agreement of all parties to investigate phone taps

As previously reported by Iceland Review last month, the historian Gudni Th. Jóhannesson revealed last month that from 1949-1968, the Icelandic government asked for and received authorization from the courts to tap the telephones of socialists, certain MPs, vocal people against the US military presence in the country, and others with left-leaning tendencies.

The Prime Minister, Halldór Ásgrímsson, has submitted a draft resolution for forming an ad-hoc committee to review the relevant information.

The opposition is demanding that telephone surveillance should be supervised by Althingi, not the government.

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