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A witness in the Assange case confessed to false testimony

One of the prosecution witnesses in the case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Icelander Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson, said that he gave false testimony against him.

The Icelander was an informant of the FBI, in the decision of the Virginia jury to bring Assange to criminal responsibility, he appeared under the pseudonym of a Teenager since he was 17 years old at the time of cooperation with WikiLeaks, the Icelandic newspaper “Stundin” reports.

Iceland was called “NATO country 1” in the decision. The words of the Icelandic informant were used to support the accusations made against Assange of collaborating with hackers and to confirm that the US Army private Bradley Manning, who helped the organization, knew about it, who changed his name to Chelsea after a sex change.

The Icelandic informant said in an interview with the Icelandic publication that he did not receive instructions from Assange on using hackers, but he contacted them himself, posing as a high-ranking employee of WikiLeaks, which he was not.

He confirmed that he had offered to send Assange files received from anonymous sources who claimed that these were recordings of telephone conversations of Icelandic deputies.

The source added that he gave Assange the login data for a website that tracks the location of Icelandic police cars. The young man had access to the resource because he was a volunteer lifeguard.

The US Department of Justice distorted data about Assange's attempts to hack an encrypted file with “data stolen from the bank of the NATO country 1”, added Thordarson.

The file was allegedly published in the general access by a former employee of the Icelandic Landsbanki a few years after the bankruptcy of the credit institution.

Thordarson was tried in his homeland for fraud and molestation of minors. He admits that he posed as an assistant to Assange for enrichment.

In 2011, he established contact with the FBI through the US Embassy, as he was afraid of prosecution by WikiLeaks employees who found that he had embezzled about 50 thousand dollars transferred to the organization by its supporters.

The publication notes that some time ago he closely cooperated with the FBI, gave them all the information about WikiLeaks employees that he had, and in 2019 gave official testimony in the Assange case in exchange for a promise by the US Department of Justice not to inform the Icelandic authorities about other crimes committed by him.

In February, the American side filed an appeal against the refusal to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from Britain, his defense is asking the court for additional time to respond.

American human rights activists have called on the US Justice Department to stop the prosecution of Assange, the charges against whom " threaten the freedom of the press because most of the activities described in the indictment are common for journalists."

The New York Times reported that the administration of the 46th American President Joe Biden intends to seek the extradition of Assange from Britain to the United States.

On January 4, the judge of the Central Criminal Court in London, Vanessa Baraitser, refused to extradite Assange to the American authorities. The lawyers of the American side said that they would challenge this decision.

At the moment, the WikiLeaks founder is in Belmarsh prison, where he has been held since April last year after the Ecuadorian Embassy in London refused him asylum, which had been granted for seven years.

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