A leading Icelandic MP, whose party is heading the polls to win the next general election, has stated she is willing to testify regarding the undercover activities of UK spycop Mark Kennedy in Iceland. Significantly, the MP is a member of the environmental organisation that Kennedy infiltrated. The UK Home Office (headed by Theresa May) has refused to consider testimony regarding the activities of UK spycops outside of England and Wales. Parliamentarians from Scotland, Germany and Ireland (north and south)* are demanding that the Pitchford Inquiry into undercover police operations be widened. If their demand remains unmet, that leaves no other choice but the setting up of a Euro-wide Inquiry at a time when Britain is already at odds with the rest of Europe.
UPDATE: A reliable source explains re the above photo that Kennedy helped damage a construction vehicle which then saw police attempting to arrest activists. However, there was a scuffle and some people – including Kennedy – managed to escape. Also – contrary to earlier reports (see below) – Kennedy’s passport wasn’t confiscated, though he was thoroughly searched at the border.
*Note: British UCOs are known to have been deployed in around 17 countries: these UCOs include Marco Jacobs, Bob Lambert, “RC”, Peter Francis, Jim Boyling, Mark Jenner and Mark Kennedy (the latter involved in multiiple operations) – there may be others.
Birgitta Jonsdottir is an MP and leader of the anarchist-influenced Icelandic Pirate Party, which is currently polled as the most popular political party in Iceland and predicted to win most votes at the next general election. Ms. Jonsdottir collaborated with Wikileaks on the infamous ‘Collateral Murder’ video, as leaked by Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, and is a fearless campaigner of Wikileaks, Manning and whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Three days ago Ms. Jonsdottir confirmed (see tweet below) that if the opportunity arose she would provide testimony regarding the activities of UK spycop Mark Kennedy during his deployment in Iceland.
In 2005 Kennedy attended a protest camp, organised by the environmentalist movement, Saving Iceland, which targeted the construction of the Kárahnjúkar dam and the Alcoa’s smelter in Reyðarfjörður. It is known that Kennedy surveyed the group’s operations, recorded discussions and documented and gathered information, which he passed on to British police and possibly Icelandic authorities. When the Icelandic police detained Saving Iceland activists at Kárahnjúkar they collected passports of the activists: Kennedy was one of those whose passport was confiscated.
“Saving Iceland can now confirm that Mark Kennedy did certainly act as an agent provocateur within our network, regularly calling for more extreme forms of protest, and that he abused trust in clearly an illegal manner, even using sex as a means to gain access. We want to see that the truth about his betrayals while under the command of the British authorities, and possibly in collaboration with the Icelandic authorities, be exposed and that those responsible be made to answer for their actions. The British and Icelandic police and governments, for whom Kennedy seems to have gathered information, must end their silence about which agencies and authorities were aware of his undercover work in Iceland.” (Nov. 2011)
According to Iceland’s penal code, a foreign party or state’s espionage activity that takes place within the jurisdiction of the Icelandic state—or is directed at something or someone therein—is illegal and punishable with five-years imprisonment. If Kennedy collaborated with the Icelandic police it would have equalled the invoking of proactive investigative powers, which the Icelandic police didn’t have at the time of his deployment.
In other words, if Kennedy acted in collaboration with the Icelandic authorities, those authorities were acting illegally. But if Kennedy acted alone – which is unlikely – then his deployment was equal to a major diplomatic incident.
After questions were asked about Kennedy in the Icelandic Parliament, a report was commissioned on his activities and finalised in 2011, but never fully made publicly available. Its conclusions about whether Kennedy’s activities were known to the Icelandic police or authorities were circumspect. However photographic evidence (see below and photo above) prove otherwise.
Iceland has seen multiple scandals in recent years, resulting in bankers jailed and the resignation of Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, who was embroiled in the Panama Papers fallout, etc.
The questions regarding Mark Kennedy’s role in Iceland remain, though whether these are addressed by the Pitchford Inquiry, or directly in Iceland by the victims of Kennedy’s exploits, the truth, when it finally does come out, is likely to destabilise the current government further.
Meanwhile, back in the UK, the College of Policing has released a draft manual on undercover policing and it’s already receiving criticism. In the extract below, for example, the guidelines appear to allow UCOs to participate in online sexual ‘grooming’ of targets (third paragraph) and also condones sexual activity (fourth paragraph) providing that activity is reported to a supervisor. There are many other important aspects that the document either ignores or glosses over.
The Mark Kennedy police files that CPS hid; part 1 – Operation Aeroscope
The Mark Kennedy police files that CPS hid: Part 2 – Operation Pegasus/
Mark Kennedy: the spycop who disappeared into the cold
The curious case of the UK spycop, the (French) ‘Invisible Committee’ and the FBI