WikiLeaks Volunteer Appeared FBI SpookWikiLeaks worker known as “Siggi” Thordarson has recently outted himself as a double agent for the FBI. Media reports said that Thordarson was a long time volunteer for the whistleblowing service having direct access to Assange and a key organizer. Siggi had the role of double agent for 3 months, while earning $5,000 for his trouble, because the FBI flew him internationally 4 times for debriefings.
The guy was only 17 when he joined WikiLeaks three years ago. Thordarson joined after the service published internal bank documents connected to the local financial crisis. So, when the local staff revolted over what they considered Assange’s self-promotion, Julian put Thordarson in charge of the WikiLeaks chat room, making him the initial point of contact for new volunteers, journalists, potential sources, and outside groups.
Thordarson was also the intermediary in the negotiations with the Bradley Manning Defense Fund which led to WikiLeaks donating $15,000 to the defense of its alleged prime source. Two years ago, Thordarson was implicated in a political scandal where a laptop with spying gear was found running unattended in an empty office of the Parliament.
It was reported that Julian Assange promised to back Thordarson in return for total loyalty, and the latter visited Ellingham Hall where Assange was under house arrest while fighting extradition to Sweden. Thordarson is known for his attempts to get Lulzsec to hack Iceland’s government systems. He created and uploaded a 40-second mobile phone video which opened on the IRC screen with the chat in progress and floated across the room to show Assange at work with an associate.
FBI got this video right after they arrested Lulzsec’s leader, Hector Xavier Monsegur (also known as Sabu). The Bureau warned Iceland, and its own huge team came to the country, asking for help of authorities. Although they failed to catch Thordarson, he approached the FBI in two months.
In the interview, he said that he cooperated because he didn’t want to be a part of Anonymous and Lulzsec hack for WikiLeaks. However, the press admitted that the more likely reason was the adventure. In order to prove that he did have an adventure, he showed emails between him and the FBI, flight records for his travels, and an FBI receipt proving that he gave them 8 hard