National Security Agency whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has reportedly been in contact with officials in Iceland in hopes of gaining asylum.
WikiLeaks spokesperson, Kristinn Hrafnsson, claims an unidentified third party approached him on behalf of Snowden.
“On June 12, I received a message from Edward Snowden where he asked me to notify the Icelandic government that he wanted to seek asylum in Iceland,” Hrafnsson told Reuters.
Hrafnsson requested a meeting with Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson and the Interior Minister Hanna Birna Kristjansdottir.
“Neither of them was able to meet with me even though they realized what my request was about," Hrafnsson said. "I made sure that both of them were given the necessary information about his plea for help.”
Hrafnsson was later told by Iceland officials that anyone applying for political asylum must be physically in the country.
Snowden has been hiding in Hong Kong ever since he leaked NSA documents on U.S. secret surveillance programs to The Guardian.
Snowden is being sought by the NSA and CIA and could be charged with treason.