Icelandic Hacker feels Guilty
An Icelandic computer hacker and former affiliate of Wiki leaks founder Julian Assange impulsively pleaded responsible on Wednesday to embezzling 30 million Icelandic crowns ($240,000) from the agency.
Sigurdur Thordarsson’s court plea is the newest twist in the saga of Wiki leaks, which launched heaps of secret U.S. embassy cables in 2010 and 2011, deeply embarrassing Washington.
Known as ‘Siggi the Hacker’, Thordarsson has prior to now stated that he grew to become an informant for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2011, a year earlier than Assange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London to keep away from extradition to Sweden over sexual assault accusations that he has denied.
Within the run as much as his Iceland trial, Thordarsson rejected fees that he stole the proceeds of the gross sales of Wiki leaks-branded items, and his U-activate Wednesday was a shock.
“After going over the charges completely and speaking with my client, he has decided to plead responsible to all fees,” Thordarsson’s attorney, Vilhjallmur Villhjalmssson, informed the courtroom.
Icelandic Hacker Says Guilty of Stealing Money From Wikileaks
The legal professional would not make any comment after the court docket session, including why Thordarsson had modified his mind.
No date used to be set for sentencing in the case.
Thordarsson posted a long description of his ties to Wiki leaks including photos of him with Assange, his speak with the FBI and his defence against the fraud expenses, on an Icelandic information web page in June 2013.
He originally said his own bank account had to be used to soak up cash for Wiki leaks merchandise as a result of a block had been imposed on company credit cards after the release of the cables.
Wiki leaks mentioned it believed Thordarsson had talked to the FBI in Denmark.
“He was a volunteer who abused his place through fraud to obtain cash from T-shirts and occasional mugs just after we had been imposed with the banking blockade,” Wiki leaks consultant Kristinn Hrafnsson, himself Icelandic, stated through telephone.
“We lodged a criticism in Denmark concerning a meeting that passed off between him and FBI agents in 2011. We want that to be probed on the basis that it used to be an unlawful operation in line with Danish law,” he mentioned.
There was no fast phrase from the Danish authorities about the criticism.