WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson, who is Icelandic, has described the handing of his emails and those of two other journalists by Google to the FBI as a gross violation against journalism, ruv.is reports. The information was provided via a secret court order.
Right before Christmas Google announced that it had provided all documents relating to the three journalists’ email correspondence to the FBI according to a judgment which was passed in 2010. Kjarninn reported on the issue on Sunday night.
“In my opinion this is a gross violation against us as individuals and an especially serious attack against journalists,” Kristinn said. He has also described it as a “judicial scandal.”
Kristinn said that while some of the information in his email was sensitive it should not jeopardize anyone.
The search warrant was issued on suspicion of espionage, conspiracy and theft from the U.S. government. The FBI was given the full names, addresses, telephone numbers and other information relating to the journalists as well as IP-addresses that they used to access their Google accounts, their bank and credit card information as well as access to calendars, pictures and other documents related to their Google accounts.