NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is “in a safe place,” according to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
During a Monday morning press conference, Julian Assange said of Snowden’s whereabouts:
“We are aware of where Mr. Snowden is. He’s in a safe place, and his spirits are high.”
When asked about Snowden’s location, Julian Assange refused to answer, only noting that he is now in a third country and preparing to leave for Ecuador. The NSA leaker has requested political asylum in Ecuador.
According to Assange, the team at WikiLeaks assisted Edward Snowden in drafting his asylum request. Assange says that WikiLeaks has “significant experience in drafting such an application.”
WikiLeaks continues to be the major source of news leaks based on Snowden’s revelations regarding the NSA. At this time, much of WikiLeak’s coverage has been focused on teasing about Snowden’s whereabouts.
Originally it was believed that Edward Snowden was on his way to Russian where he would then board a plane to Cuba. Instead, the following tweet was sent:
Standing next to Edward Snowden’s seat on flight to Cuba. He ain’t here. pic.twitter.com/NVRH3Pzved
— max seddon (@maxseddon) June 24, 2013
If he makes his way to Ecuador, then Edward Snowden would share the country with Assange, who arrived by way of London last year.
WikiLeaks has been one of Snowden’s biggest supports, going to far as to pay for his travel costs and lodging along with his legal counsel.
In once again attacking the Obama administration, Julian Assange says:
“In the Obama administration’s attempt to crush these young whistleblowers with espionage charges, the U.S. government is taking on a generation, the young generation of people who find the mass violation of the rights of privacy and open process unacceptable. In taking on a generation the Obama administration can only lose.”
Do you think Edward Snowden will ultimately be given political asylum in Ecuador alongside Julian Assange?