| Kristinn Hrafnsson |
On 24 February 2020, Kristinn Hrafnsson was banned from Woolwich Crown Court, which had just begun hearing the case of Julian Assange's extradition to the US, without being given any explanation. Assange's solicitor, Gareth Peirce, intervened in the situation demanding Hrafnsson's return to the public gallery, which he was later granted.
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.
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. The prohibition order was withdrawn later.
Kristinn Hrafnsson was dismissed from RÚV (his contract was not renewed) in July 2010. After this point, he worked as an independent journalist.
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". 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.
|Britain, Ecuador, Australia and the US explain the Official Narrative on Julian Assange's arrest|
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!
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.
|Document:On the Pavement with Wikileaks||blog post||7 April 2019||Craig Murray||Pretty 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.|
|Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: the Assange Hearing Day 6||blog post||2 March 2020||Craig Murray||If you asked me to sum up today in a word, that word would undoubtedly be “railroaded”. it was all about pushing through the hearing as quickly as possible and with as little public exposure as possible to what is happening. Access denied, adjournment denied, exposition of defence evidence denied, removal of superseding indictment charges denied.|
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