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article imageVideo: WikiLeak's Kristinn Hrafnsson speaks on Edward Snowden

By Anne Sewell     Jun 25, 2013 in World
On Monday, Julian Assange confirmed that Edward Snowden was "in a safe place" together with Sarah Harrison, a WikiLeaks representative. RT interviewed Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks representative in Iceland, on the story.
Digital Journal reported on Monday that Assange had confirmed that the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden was in a "safe place."
Assange said during a conference call, “The current status of Mr. Snowden and Harrison is that both are healthy and safe and they are in contact with their legal teams.”
“I cannot give further information as to their whereabouts,” Assange added.
It was also advised that Ecuador supplied Snowden with a refugee document of passage and that his ultimate destination would be that country.
The WikiLeaks founder added that Snowden had left Hong Kong on June 23 “bound for Ecuador via a safe pass through Russia and other states." On arrival in Ecuador, his application for political asylum will be considered under international law, although as Assange pointed out, the country is not legally bound to grant it.
As part of the conference call, there was a further interview with WikiLeaks' spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson (above) who said WikiLeaks had approached Iceland and other countries with a formal request for asylum for Snowden.
“It is already public that I, as an Icelandic journalist, approached the Icelandic government with a formal request from Mr. Snowden for asylum in Iceland. Similar processes were carried out elsewhere,” he said.
While Hrafnsson also did not go into any details about Snowden’s current whereabouts, he did stress that it is Snowden himself who will decide "his destiny and his destination."
However, he did confirm that “the last I heard he [Snowden] was genuine in his request for asylum in Ecuador and had planned to go to Ecuador.”
Hrafnsson further stressed that WikiLeaks received no help from Russia or China in facilitating Snowden’s escape from Hong Kong.
“Julian said this morning that there was no prior knowledge by the Russian authorities that Snowden was arriving there.”
“It has been maintained that there was some connection between WikiLeaks and these authorities and Snowden and these countries, as far as I know it’s a fabrication and part of the propaganda.”
Digital Journal reported on Sunday that Snowden had departed to Moscow on route to a third country. It was thought that at first he was heading to Cuba, but on arrival in Havana, there was no sign of Snowden on the plane.
Snowden has been charged with espionage by US federal prosecutors for revealing to the Guardian newspaper the extent of the NSA's surveillance programs, including PRISM, which can monitor phone calls and email of anyone in the world.
In a further interview with Hrafnsson, discussions about the mainstream media frenzy over Snowden's whereabouts and the lack of reporting on the actual NSA scandal itself are highlighted.
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