Reynir Traustason, the editor of Mannlíf, has filed charges against Róbert Wessman, CEO and chairman of the pharmaceutical and biotech company Alvogen and founder and chairman of Alvotech, for being an accessory to a burglary into the editorial offices of Mannlíf in January.
„Yes, I have filed charges against Róbert Wessman. It has to do with covering up the burglary into the offices of Mannlíf and aiding and abetting,“ Reynir said in an interview with Vísir.
On March 4, Kristjón Kormákur Guðjónsson admitted to being the one who broke into the offices of Mannlíf, stealing a computer and vandalizing the media’s web, deleting vast number of articles and content. First, he had broken into the editor’s car, stealing his computer, the keys to the offices and, bizarrely, even his dog’s cage.
„Clearly, he [i.e. Róbert Wessman] knew about the break-in and that it was done by Kristjón,“ Reynir said in an interview with mbl.is.
Kristjón confessed to having committed the crimes, in a podcast interview with Reynir himself. Since then, Kristjón has said that he received a payment of ISK 1 million (USD 7,700; EUR 7,000) from Róbert the morning after the break-in, after having told the latter about his acts and the fact that he had a computer belonging to Reynir. Kristjón has provided documents proving the transaction took place. The payment was issued by the lawyer of Róbert.
Kristjón claims that prior to the break-in, he had inquired whether Róbert would be willing to pay him ISK 1 million to pay a hacker for breaking into the website of Mannlíf. According to Kristjón, Róbert agreed to this.
In the interview with Vísir, Reynir describes it as despicable, that Róbert would accuse him of having staged the break-in, all the while knowing exactly who the culprit was. Róbert filed charges against Reynir to Iceland’s media commission and the Journalist association’s board of ethics, claiming that Mannlíf was not fit to deliver news about him.
Róbert Wessman has steadily denied his involvement in the break-in.
Disclaimer: The publisher of Mannlíf has filed charges against Róbert Wessman for being an accessory to the breaking and entering into the offices of Mannlíf, last January.