Iceland Approached Over Snowden Seeking Asylum

Image: Iceland Approached Over Snowden Seeking Asylum In recent years, Iceland has welcomed eccentric chess master Bobby Fischer, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the online freedom advocates of the Pirate Party. Could its next guest be NSA leaker Edward Snowden?

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 11:07 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
REYKJAVIK — Iceland has received an informal approach from an intermediary who says Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs, wants to seek asylum there.

Snowden, the former employee of contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who worked in an NSA facility in Hawaii, made world headlines after providing details of the program to the Guardian and Washington Post and then fleeing to Hong Kong.
 
In a column in Icelandic daily Frettabladid, WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson wrote that a middleman had approached him on behalf of Snowden.
 
"On 12 June, I received a message from Edward Snowden where he asked me to notify the Icelandic government that he wanted to seek asylum in Iceland," Hrafnsson, who is also an investigative journalist in Iceland, told Reuters.
 
The Icelandic government, which has refused to say whether they would grant asylum to Snowden, confirmed it had received the message from Hrafnsson.
 
"Kristinn Hrafnsson has contacted two ministries in an informal way but not the ministers. There has been no formal approach in this matter," a government spokesman said.
Hrafnsson declined to name the go-between to Reuters.
 
Snowden has mentioned Iceland as a possible refuge.
 
Iceland has a reputation for promoting Internet freedoms, but Snowden has said did not travel there immediately from the United States as he feared the country of only 320,000 could be pressured by Washington.
 
"Iceland could be pushed harder, quicker, before the public could have a chance to make their feelings known, and I would not put that past the current U.S. administration," Snowden said in an online forum in the Guardian on Monday.
 
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over allegations of sex crimes, visited Iceland several times in the run-up to some of the website's major releases. Assange denies any wrongdoing.
 
WikiLeaks won a ruling this year in Iceland's Supreme Court against MasterCard's local partner. The court upheld a lower court's ruling that the payment card firm had illegally ended its contract with the website. Wikileaks' funding had been squeezed without the ability to accept card payments.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Kiev Warns Separatists of 'Actions' Next Week

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 12:25 PM

The Ukrainian government warned on Friday it could take "more concrete actions" next week if pro-Russian separatists do  . . .

French President Hollande's Top Aide Resigns

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 12:17 PM

The French president's top adviser has resigned following allegations of a past conflict of interest, striking a new blo . . .

Pro-Russian Group Denies Producing Ukraine Jewish 'Registration' Leaflets

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 15:07 PM

Ukrainian Jews leaving Passover eve prayers were handed leaflets ordering them to either register with an interim govern . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved