Birgitta Jónsdóttir (born 17 April 1967) is a member of parliament of Althing, the Icelandic parliament, formerly representing the Citizens' Movement, but now representing The Movement. Her district is the Reykjavík South Constituency. She was elected to the Icelandic parliament in April 2009 on behalf of a movement aiming for democratic reform beyond party politics of left and right. Birgitta has been an activist and a spokesperson for various groups, such as Wikileaks, Saving Iceland and Friends of Tibet in Iceland. She acts as a spokeswoman for the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative.
Birgitta was an active volunteer for Wikileaks and had an important role in the making of the Collateral Murder video, including co-production. She is also part of the movement to make Iceland a haven for press freedom and is the chief sponsor of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative.
On 18 June 2010 she told ABC News' Brian Ross that Wikileaks will be releasing a leaked video of a US airstrike in Afghanistan "hopefully very soon".
On 7 January 2011, Birgitta announced on her Twitter page that she had been notified by Twitter that it had been served by the United States Department of Justice with a subpoena demanding information "about all my tweets and more since November 1st 2009." According to Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com:
The information demanded by the DOJ is sweeping in scope. It includes all mailing addresses and billing information known for the user, all connection records and session times, all IP addresses used to access Twitter, all known email accounts, as well as the "means and source of payment," including banking records and credit cards. It seeks all of that information for the period beginning November 1, 2009, through the present.
On 14 April 2011 Wired Magazine online published an article "WikiLeaks Associates Hit Back Over U.S. Twitter Records Demand" describing a "contentious legal battle with the Justice Department" with the three Wikileaks volunteers, charging in a court filing that the governments argument trivializes both the Parties and the publics constitutional rights.
** Member of the Parliamentary Review Committee on the SIC report since 2009.
Member of the Committee on the Environment since 2009.
Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs since 2009.
Member of the Icelandic delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly since 2009.