In May/June 1973 there was a meeting in the cultural house of Kjarvalsstaðir [18] in Reykjavík Iceland between US President Nixon and French President Pompidou. Meeting in Iceland was at the French insistence for they did not want to go to the US and for Nixon it was fine not to go to Europe at that time. There was only one minor snag.

The Icelandic government had been pressuring Nixon to pressure Britain to get out of Icelandic fishing limits or else… the base! [19]

The Americans where planing not to meet Icelandic ministers exempt at a formal Presidential dinner but at the end of a two days meeting with Pompidou as Nixon was preparing to leave the meeting place Kjarvalsstadir to Keflavik airport, the Icelandic Prime Minister Ó Jóhannesson along with Foreign Minister Einar Ágústsson forced their way accompanied by the non-political Icelandic President Dr. Kristján Eldjárn. The politicians confronted Nixon about those issues quite frankly and when Nixon try to answer that they, the US, had no saying over the British he was asked back if they were not as powerful as they said they where, which left the Americans “in wonderment“ according to one witness Henry Kissinger [20]. Some days later, on the 12th of June Icelandic government formally informed the US ambassador of its intention to terminate the Keflavik naval airport base agreement.

Kissinger talks in his memories about this meeting, that they were being blackmailed or “threatened” (Tyranny of the weak, a Bismarck’s thoughts) [20a]. President Eisenhower had his experience of being blackmailed by the weak, with the Icelanders in the Fifties in a similar case where the issues where the same, fishing limits and the future of US base in Iceland. In the wake of that „blackmail“ there were consequences and a massive political punishment for those involved, as mentioned earlier (The Esso-affair), however though without manslaughter as happened later on in the case of Guðmund and Geirfinn.

Anyhow it was not a good idea to try to blackmail or otherwise make those like Nixon and Kissinger angry with their nasty mind and lust for revenge as Chile was about to find out in that same year 1973 [21].

In the early autumn of 1973 K Pétursson from Keflavik airport customs and Valtýr Sigurðsson [22] [22a] Assistant Criminal Judge in Keflavík, go to Reykjavík to do some work on behalf of the FED even though neither of them were formal members of that office, they briefly investigate a small group of young people, approximately the same people that were later to be involved in the so called “Guðmund and Geirfinn“ affairs [22b X p208] [23]. 

Published by Sigurdur Sigurdsson

Sigurdur lives with his wife and two cats in a small timber framed house in the little village Flødstrup on East Funen. He likes to read books, newspapers and graphic novels, go biking and drink trappist beer.