Iceland businessman says plane ready for NSA leaker Snowden

Edward Snowden

The Guardian

An Icelandic business executive says a private plane is on standby to transport NSA secrets leaker Edward Snowden from Hong Kong to Iceland. A WikiLeaks spokesman earlier this week, who claims to represent Snowden, has asked government officials in Iceland about the potential of Snowden applying for asylum in the Nordic country.

An Icelandic business executive says a private plane is on standby to transport NSA secrets leaker Edward Snowden from Hong Kong to Iceland.
    
Olafur Vignir Sigurvinsson said Friday that while he has not spoken directly with Edward Snowden, he has been in touch with a third party representing him. The businessman has connections to the WikiLeaks secret-spilling organization.
    
Sigurvinsson says he has access to planes in Hong Kong and mainland China.
    
But Iceland's government says it has not received an asylum request from Snowden, who has revealed his role in providing secret U.S. National Security Agency documents.
    
Interior Ministry spokesman Johannes Tomasson says Snowden hasn't approached the ministry and an asylum request could only begin if Snowden is in Iceland.
    
U.S. officials have expressed an interest in prosecuting Snowden.

 

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