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Icelandic Legislator: I’m Ready To Help NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Seek Asylum

Posted By admin On June 10, 2013 @ 11:09 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Andy Greenberg
Forbes [1]
June 10, 2013

When WikiLeaks burst onto the international stage in 2010, the small Nordic nation of Iceland offered it a safe haven. Now American whistleblower Edward Snowden may be seeking that country’s protection, and at least one member of its parliament says she’s ready to help.

On Sunday evening Icelandic member of parliament Birgitta Jonsdottir and Smari McCarthy, executive director of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, issued a statement of support for Snowden, the Booz Allen Hamilton staffer who identified himself to theGuardian newspaper [2] as the source of a series of top secret documents outlining the NSA’s massive surveillance of foreigners and Americans.

“Whereas IMMI is based in Iceland, and has worked on protections of privacy, furtherance of government transparency, and the protection of whistleblowers, we feel it is our duty to offer to assist and advise Mr. Snowden to the greatest of our ability,” their statement reads. “We are already working on detailing the legal protocols required to apply for asylum, and will over the course of the week be seeking a meeting with the newly appointed interior minister of Iceland, Mrs. Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, to discuss whether an asylum request can be processed in a swift manner, should such an application be made.”

It’s not yet clear whether Snowden has officially applied for asylum in Iceland. A press contact for the Icelandic Ministry of Interior, which handles asylum requests, said that he hadn’t yet seen an application from Snowden and that the ministry couldn’t comment until one was received.

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[1] Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/06/09/icelandic-legislator-im-ready-to-help-nsa-whistleblower-seek-asylum/

[2] identified himself to theGuardian newspaper: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-surveillance?guni=Network%20front:network-front%20full-width-1%20bento-box:Bento%20box:Position1

[3] Iceland Considers Offering NSA Whistleblower Snowden Asylum: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iceland-considers-offering-nsa-whistleblower-snowden-asylum.html

[4] Obama speaks direct to Putin about Edward Snowden as whistleblower seeks temporary asylum in Russia: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-speaks-direct-to-putin-about-edward-snowden-as-whistleblower-seeks-temporary-asylum-in-russia.html

[5] Edward Snowden asking 15 countries for asylum, Russian official says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/edward-snowden-asking-15-countries-for-asylum-russian-official-says.html

[6] The 21 Nations That Edward Snowden Is Applying To For Asylum: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-21-nations-that-edward-snowden-is-applying-to-for-asylum.html

[7] US will not seek death penalty for Edward Snowden, Holder tells Russia: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-will-not-seek-death-penalty-for-edward-snowden-holder-tells-russia.html

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