WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has never been off the radar of U.S.
investigators, a former Icelandic official has revealed.
Ogmundur Jonasson told the New York Times that in June 2011 U.S. authorities sent FBI agents to Iceland to investigate what they said was "an imminent attack on Icelandic government databases."
Jonasson, who was Iceland's interior minister at the time, said he asked the agents to leave when he learned they were actually gathering material on Assange and WikiLeaks for releasing U.S. military and diplomatic documents in 2010.
Assange appeared to be forgotten until he emerged as an ally of former computer contractor Edward Snowden who fled to Hong Kong after leaking details of National Security Agency surveillance.
The WikiLeaks founder is currently holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning in a sexual assault case.
Interviews with government agents, prosecutors and others familiar with WikiLeaks suggest several government agencies along with a grand jury are investigating Assange and WikiLeaks.
A Justice Department spokesman confirmed to the Times that it "has an investigation into matters involving WikiLeaks" and that investigation remains "ongoing."
Most Popular Stories
- Major Phone Makers Sign Anti-Phone-Theft Pledge
- India Recognizes Transgender People as 'Third Gender'
- 'Beige Book' Federal Reserve Survey, April 2014: Full Text
- Michael Bloomberg Takes Aim at the NRA
- Brands Get Caught in Bitter-Tweet Traps
- U.S. Job Market Still Needs Fed Stimulus: Yellen
- Dems in Energy States Back Away From Obama
- Depp, Pfister Are Tech Philosophers
- Man Arrested After Driving Stolen Car to Court Hearing
- U.S. Housing Starts up in March After Bitter Winter