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Wikileaks Posts Icesave Emails

Emails between Indridi H. Thorláksson, assistant to the Icelandic finance minister, and Mark Flanagan, the representative of the International Monetary Fund in Iceland, sent last spring in regard to the Icesave dispute were posted on Wikileaks yesterday.

Among other items, Thorláksson asked Flanagan in an email from April 13 to try and influence British and Dutch authorities in the Icesave dispute and informed him that it wasn’t possible to reach an agreement on the Icesave obligations by the parliamentary elections on April 25, Morgunbladid reports.

Thorláksson said definite answers hadn’t been received from the governments of the UK and the Netherlands and that there was a certain tone in their replies indicating that they might use the upcoming review of Iceland’s economic stabilization program within the IMF to force a conclusion to their liking.

Flanagan replied the following day that the IMF could not take part in the Icesave discussions but would naturally answer all questions which British and Dutch authorities might direct at it.

Flanagan said he knew that the Icesave negotiations were in a sensitive stage and that it would take time to conclude them. He added that it was difficult to progress with the review of Iceland’s economic stabilization program before an agreement between the governments of Iceland, the UK and the Netherlands was reached.

Thorláksson said in an interview with Morgunbladid yesterday that the exchange of emails had been an example of normal communications. “I’m just presenting the situation of the negotiations to him and our ideas.”

Thorláksson would not answer whether he had been trying to get the IMF to participate in the Icesave dispute. “It is just an email between us, which was supposed to remain between us.”

Wikileaks points out that Thorláksson asked Flanagan in the email to contact him via his personal email account, not the ministry’s account.

The website island.is reveals that the emails between Thorláksson and Flanagan are part of confidential documents that were submitted at parliament when the Icesave bill was presented.

Click here to read more about Icesave.

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