Kristinn Hrafnsson

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(investigative journalist)
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What next in this outrageous persecution against Assange and WikiLeaks?[1]

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In office
26 September 2018 - Present
EmployerWikileaks
Preceded byJulian Assange

Kristinn Hrafnsson (born 25 June 1962) is an Icelandic investigative journalist and current editor-in-chief of Wikileaks.[2] He was the spokesperson for WikiLeaks between 2010 and 2017.[3]

Investigating Kaupthing Bank

Kristinn Hrafnsson has worked at various newspapers in Iceland and hosted the television programme Kompás on the Icelandic channel Stöð 2, where he and his team often exposed criminal activity and corruption in high places. In February 2009, while investigating the connection between Iceland's Kaupthing Bank and Robert Tchenguiz and Vincent Tchenguiz, the programme was taken off air and Kristinn and his crew were sacked.[4]

Shortly thereafter, Kristinn Hrafnsson was hired by RÚV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. In August 2009, he was working on a story about Kaupthing's loan book which had just been published on the WikiLeaks webpage, when the bank got a gag order issued by the Reykjavik sheriff's office, banning RÚV from reporting on the loan book, which could be publicly accessed online via WikiLeaks.[5] The prohibition order was withdrawn later.[6]

Kristinn Hrafnsson was dismissed from RÚV (his contract was not renewed) in July 2010.[7] After this point, he worked as an independent journalist.

Wikileaks

Beginning in 2010, he collaborated with WikiLeaks, serving as the organisation's spokesman after founder Julian Assange withdrew from the limelight. He has called the December 2010 attacks on WikiLeaks by MasterCard, Visa, and others a "privatisation of censorship".[8] In 2012, in his capacity as WikiLeaks spokesman, he defended the organisation on the website of Swedish Television against what he described as a smear campaign by the Swedish tabloid Expressen.[9]

In early 2017, Hrafnsson stated that he was no longer spokesperson for Wikileaks.[10][11]

Britain, Ecuador, Australia and the US explain the Official Narrative on Julian Assange's arrest

Editor-in-chief

Kristinn Hrafnsson was appointed editor in chief of Wikileaks on 26 September 2018 taking over from Julian Assange.[12]

Arrest of Julian Assange

On 15 April 2019, Kristinn Hrafnsson tweeted:

The British, Ecuadorian, Australian and US Governments have made an ad about Julian Assange’s arrest and it’s surprisingly honest and informative![13]

Award winning journalist

Kristinn Hrafnsson has been named Icelandic journalist of the year three times, in 2004, 2007 and 2010 by Iceland's National Union of Journalists.[14]

 

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:On the Pavement with Wikileaksblog post7 April 2019Craig MurrayPretty well all of the Western media is going to want to focus on these false anti-Assange narratives, and they will be determined to give as little attention as possible to the fact he is a publisher facing trial for publishing leaked state documents which revealed state wrongdoing. It is a classic and fundamental issue of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.


References

  1. "What next in this outrageous persecution against Assange and WikiLeaks?"
  2. "'Wikieaks takes swipe at the famously secret Vatican'". Washington Post. 18 Jan 2019.

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  3. Andy Greenberg (7 December 2010). "Meet The New Public Face Of WikiLeaks: Kristinn Hrafnsson". Forbes. Retrieved 17 January 2011.

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  4. Victor-M Amela; Ima Sanchiz; Lluis Amiguet (17 June 2011). "'Vivimos asediados por la Administración de EE.UU.'" ['We live under siege by U.S. Government']. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona. Retrieved 6 September 2013.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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  5. Hafsteinn Gunnar Hauksson (1 August 2009). "Kaupþing fékk lögbann á umfjöllun RÚV" [Kaupþing receives an injunction on the RÚV coverage]. Vísir (in Icelandic). Reykjavík. Retrieved 6 September 2013.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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  6. Jón Hákon Halldórsson (4 August 2009). "Lögbanni aflétt af fréttaflutningi RÚV" [Injunction lifted on news reporting by RÚV]. Vísir (in Icelandic). Reykjavík. Retrieved 6 September 2013.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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  7. "Kristinn Hrafnsson rekinn af Ríkisútvarpinu" [Kristinn Hrafnsson fired by the National Broadcasting Service]. Pressan (in Icelandic). Reykjavík. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2013.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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  8. "WikiLeaks Rep in Iceland Requests Government Support". Iceland Review. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2011.

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  9. "Wikileaks: Vi tänker inte smutskasta Sverige" [WikiLeaks: We do not intend to denigrate Sweden]. Debatt (in Swedish). 5 March 2012. Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2013.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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  10. Lang, Jeffrey. "Wikileaks loses spokesman leaving Julian Assange alone facing eviction". 1 Mar 2017. Archived from the original on 9 Aug 2017. Retrieved 27 Sep 2018.

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  11. Former Wikileaks Spokesperson On Manning Sentence Commute: "Victory For Justice"
  12. Ferran, Lee; Dukakis, Ali (2018-12-10). "Major players in Trump-Russia drama seek to dismiss DNC suit alleging international conspiracy". ABC News. Retrieved 2018-12-18.

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  13. "One of the 'Honest Government Ad's' from The Juicemedia"
  14. "WikiLeaks spokesman wins Journalist of the Year in Iceland". The Times. Valletta, Malta. AFP. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2013.

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