Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has stated that his organization’s legal team is attempting to help NSA leaker Edward Snowden get asylum in Iceland. U.S. authorities believe Snowden is in Hong Kong right now, but no one knows for sure. USA Today reports:
Assange, marking the one-year anniversary of his stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning in a sex-crime investigation, told reporters on a conference call that his organization [has] been “in touch with Snowden’s legal team” to help in the effort.
Assange, whose organization also is the subject of federal investigation into the release of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables, declined to say whether he had spoken directly to Snowden who has admitted [to] disclosing details of two secret NSA surveillance programs to reporters at The Washington Post and The Guardian newspapers.
During the conference call, Assange added that he would like the Obama administration to halt its investigation into WikiLeaks. No word on whether President Obama received the message.