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Icelandic Ministers Said to Ignore Snowden’s Plea

Neither Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson nor Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir have responded to Edward Snowden’s request for a political asylum in Iceland, as spokesperson for Wikileaks Kristinn Hrafnsson wrote in a letter published in Fréttablaðið today.

revealer_psKristinn Hrafnsson. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Snowden, a U.S. citizen, is currently hiding in Hong Kong after having leaked information from the CIA and NSA. He has expressed his wish in newspaper interviews to apply for a political asylum in Iceland.

Snowden contacted Kristinn on June 12 and Kristinn has now approached Icelandic authorities on Snowden’s behalf, asking whether they can assist him in applying for an asylum and whether he could possibly be granted Icelandic citizenship, Fréttablaðið reports.

“The same day [on June 12] I requested a meeting with Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir. Neither of them was able to meet with me even though they realized what my request was about. I made sure that both of them were given the necessary information about his plea for help,” Kristinn revealed.

Kristinn has still not met with the ministers but was informed by the ministries that in order to apply for a political asylum, the applicant must be in Iceland.

When asked why he didn’t come straight to Iceland instead of traveling to Hong Kong, Snowden explained that he feared U.S. authorities could more easily put pressure on Icelandic authorities than the Chinese, Fréttablaðið reports.

According to The Guardian, U.S. President Barack Obama has indicated that U.S. authorities will pursue extradition of Snowden from Hong Kong.

Related:

11.06.2013 | Wikileaks Prepared to Help Snowden Get to Iceland

10.06.2013 | NSA Whistleblower to Seek Political Asylum in Iceland

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