WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange told reporters Wednesday that the document-dumping group's leadership was "in touch with Mr. Snowden's legal team and are in the process of brokering his asylum in Iceland," The New York Times reported.
Assange has spent a year holed up in Ecuador's London embassy after being granted asylum by the South American country. He sought asylum after losing a legal fight against extradition to Sweden, where authorities say they want to question him about two alleged sex crimes. Assange claims the allegations are part of a plot by the U.S. government to put him on trial for publishing a massive cache of classified documents allegedly provided by Bradley Manning.
Reuters reports that Iceland-based WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson had contacted two government officials on Snowden's behalf.
Shortly after Snowden came forward, Assange urged him to consider Latin America as a safe haven. "Looking at it from the surface, I would strongly advise him to go to Latin America," he said. "Latin America has shown in the past 10 years that it is really pushing forward in human rights. There's a long tradition of asylum."