Wikileaks founder has support of Icelandic MP despite Sweden rape case

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has told DV that he and Birgitta Jonsdottir, an Icelandic MP for The Movement, have not talked together in months. This information contradicts previous reports saying she had asked him to resign.

“Birgitta has not requested that I stand down,” says Assange. He went on to clarify that Birgitta Jonsdottir does not even work for WikiLeaks; although she was involved in the production of the film Collateral Murder and other Icelandic WikiLeaks activities. “Birgitta is not “A WikiLeaks staff member”,” Assange said.

Birgitta Jonsdottir and Julian Assange have worked together on WikiLeaks projects. She actively took part in preparing and releasing the video from Afghanistan, Collateral Murder, which shows, what appears to be, American soldiers attacking defenceless civilians. Birgitta has also been a loud voice calling for Iceland to become a safe haven for free world media.

It apparently took Assange by surprise to hear in the media that Jonsdottir had called for him to stand down from WikiLeaks over allegations of rape levelled against him in Sweden.

“There seems to have been some misunderstanding surrounding my commends about Julian. I suggested that he might consider stepping aside as spokesman to concentrate on the charges against him, I think that it is best for him and WikiLeaks that these issues are not mixed together,” Jonsdottir told DV. She went on to stress, however, that she does not want his position within WikiLeaks to be anything other than it is now.

In an interview with The Guardian, Julian Assange said that he is losing faith in the Swedish justice system. “I know what I have done with my life, and therefore I know that these accusations are baseless and disturbing,” he said. “However, I do not know the detail in these accusations.”

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