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The cover for my meeting with the WikiLeaks chief with the weirdly white hair
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was brilliant. Last week, I was misled into believing I’d be interviewing a member of Iceland’s parliament, the poetess
Birgitta Jonsdottir .Which, initially, seemed about asexciting as watching some doofus on YouTube pretending to make his cat talk.
[a “fearless investigative journalist” who doesn’t know
important political role of Jonsdottir, but describes her as “poetess”? *Nice* indirect
implicature (google it)]
But Jonsdottir had come to New York in defence of an American political prisoner, BradleyManning,the inestimably courageous source of the documents released by WikiLeaks. If Manning was willing to sit in a steel cage for the rest of his life for the truth, I could handle afew Nordic couplets in a downtown church.But they switched Vikings on me. It was actually a set-up for me to meet with KristinnHrafnsson,the spokesman for WikiLeaks
whose hair is as icy white as Julian Assange’s.
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I couldn’t be told the name of my true interviewee until he’d successfully gotten past US
Customs agents, because the last time Hrafnsson had tried to get into the States, he was
blocked at New York’s Kennedy Airport and bundled back to Iceland –
despite possessing both an invitation to the UN and a valid passport.
Hrafnsson was crucial in planning WikiLeaks' release of Manning’s documents. But the US
State Department knows that blocking an UN invitee is a no-no under the treaties that allowedthe UN General Assembly in New York.
So, the border cops, US Customs, told Hrafnsson the passport he’d given them was “stolen”,
though they confirmed his identity. In other words, they were claiming he stole his own passport from himself. Kristinn said, dryly, "They could come up with better stories, no?"