Snowden gets help with asylum bid

AFP-JIJI

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday he had been in contact with representatives of Edward Snowden to discuss his possible bid for asylum in Iceland following his disclosure of U.S. surveillance programs.

Assange said he had been in contact with representatives of Snowden, who has been based in Hong Kong since May 20, to discuss a potential attempt at securing asylum.

“We are in touch with Mr. Snowden’s legal team and have been, are involved, in the process of brokering his asylum in Iceland,” said Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London where he is fighting extradition to Sweden.

Former U.S. government contractor Snowden, 29, fled to Hong Kong on May 20 but the U.S. has yet to file any formal extradition request after his bombshell leak of information about National Security Agency surveillance programs.