Claim asylum like me! WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange aims to help whistleblower Edward Snowden
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is trying to help intelligence agency whistleblower Edward Snowden follow in his footsteps and claim asylum amid fears the latter will be extradited to America over his leaking of sensitive data.
Speaking from the Ecuadorean embassy in west London, where he himself has been granted asylum, Mr Assange said he is trying to broker a deal which would see Mr Snowden brought to safety. Mr Snowden fled to Hong Kong prior to the revelations being made public in two newspaper earlier this month.
"We are in touch with Mr Snowden's legal team and have been, are involved, in the process of brokering his asylum in Iceland," Mr Assange told journalists in a conference call. However, Mr Snowden, 29, would need to be in Iceland in order to make an asylum claim, according to the Icelandic Prime Minister. Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson added that "informal discussions" have been held with an intermediary, believed to be WikiLeaks spokesman and Icelandic national Kristinn Hrafnsson.
Mr Snowden, whose data leaks were reported by the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers, has said in the past: "The US government, just as they did with other whistleblowers, immediately and predictably destroyed any possibility of a fair trial at home, openly declaring me guilty of treason."
- 1 PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
- 3 The Grace Dent Christmas Questionnaire
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 Vagina canoe artist defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
Boxing Day snowfall set to push even more bargain-hunters online for sales
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
Postcard from... The Vatican
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...
£70000 - £75000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager/Marketi...