Kristinn Hrafnsson speaks in Brisbane, Australia in June 2011.
|Born||25 June 1962|
|Known for||spokesperson for WikiLeaks|
He has worked at various newspapers in Iceland and hosted the television programme Kompás on the Icelandic channel Stöð 2, where he and his team often exposed criminal activity and corruption in high places. In February 2009, while investigating the connection between Iceland's Kaupthing Bank and Robert Tchenguiz, the programme was taken off air and Kristinn and his crew were sacked.
Shortly thereafter, Kristinn was hired by RÚV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. In August 2009, he was working on a story about Kaupthing's loan book which had just been published on the WikiLeaks webpage, when the bank got a gag order issued by the Reykjavik sheriff's office, banning RÚV from reporting on the loan book, which could be publicly accessed online via WikiLeaks. The prohibition order was withdrawn later.
Kristinn was dismissed from RÚV (his contract was not renewed) in July 2010 and has since worked as an independent journalist, collaborating with WikiLeaks and stepping up as the organisation's spokesman as founder Julian Assange withdrew from the limelight. He has called the December 2010 attacks on WikiLeaks by MasterCard, Visa, and others a "privatisation of censorship". In 2012, in his capacity as WikiLeaks spokesman, he defended the organisation on the website of Swedish Television against what he described as a smear campaign by the Swedish tabloid Expressen.
Kristinn has been named Icelandic journalist of the year three times, in 2004, 2007 and 2010.
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- Greenberg, Andy (7 December 2010). "Meet The New Public Face Of WikiLeaks: Kristinn Hrafnsson". Forbes. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- "Vivimos asediados por la Administración de EE.UU.". LaVanguardia 17 June 2011 (Spanish)
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- WikiLeaks: Vi tänker inte smutskasta Sverige. [WikiLeaks: We will not defame Sweden]. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
- WikiLeaks spokesman wins Journalist of the Year in Iceland. The Times of Malta. 4 March 2011