Iceland Hauls In US Envoy Over WikiLeaks Probe

The Icelandic government has summoned the US ambassador Luis Arreaga to explain why Department of Justice (DoJ) officials are trying access the Twitter account of an MP linked to the controversial whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

According to The Guardian, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, an MP with the Movement in Iceland, has said that the DoJ had asked Twitter to handover the details of her account.

US authorities have issued a subpoena to Twitter, demanding it hand over all details related its investigation into WikiLeaks.

Iceland's interior minister Ogmundur Jonasson, said in a statement: “[It is] very serious that a foreign state, the United States, demands such personal information of an Icelandic person, an elected official.”

“This is even more serious when put [in] perspective and concerns freedom of speech and people's freedom in general,” he added.

The move comes as the US government continues to scrape its proverbial barrel in searching for some sort of charge to pin on WikiLeaks following the leak of around 250,000 classified US diplomatic cables.