During a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange confirmed that his group was trying to help National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden gain asylum in Iceland.
“We have been in contact with Snowden and have been helping him,” Assange said. “I feel a great deal of personal sympathy with Mr. Snowden.”
Assange also suggested that WikiLeaks would be publishing more security secrets obtained by Snowden.
“As a matter of policy, we don’t speak about investigations or upcoming publications, but significant material will be published in coming weeks," Assange said, reports CSMonitor.com.
Assange has now spent exactly one year living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in order to avoid being extradited to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about a possible sexual offense.
WikiLeaks was also in the news today when it tweeted on Twitter: "Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him."
Hastings, an award-winning journalist, died in car crash in Los Angeles at about 4:30 a.m. yesterday when he hit a tree at a high speed.
WikiLeaks caught heat from various people in the media for the tweet so soon after Hastings' death, notes Mediaite.com.