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Edward Snowden is not a spy: Julian Assange

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 19:21

Zee Media Bureau

London: While rejecting all allegations on Snowden, a young contractor who is allegedly behind leaks exposing America`s surveillance programs (NSA), WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the technology expert is a whistle-blower and not a spy.

"Snowden is not a spy," Julian Assange said.

Edward Snowden, 29, had revealed himself as the source for sensational revelations in The Guardian and The Washington Post on how US spy agencies trawl through phone records and Internet traffic looking for possible terror threats.

After the revelation, Snowden had left Hong Kong on Sunday after which there is a huge speculation on his whereabouts.

Earlier, Assange had said, "Edward Snowden is healthy and safe."

"I cannot give further information as to their whereabouts or present circumstances other than to say that the matter is in hand."

"We are aware where Snowden is, he is in a safe place and his spirits are high. Due to the bellicose threats coming from the US administration we cannot go into further detail at this time. Unfortunately we cannot reveal what country he is in at this time," he had said.
After leaving his bolthole in Hong Kong, Snowden vanished in Moscow on Monday after failing to take a flight to Cuba from where he had been expected to continue to Ecuador and claim asylum.

Ecuador has been harbouring Assange in its London embassy for a year after he fled there to avoid deportation to Sweden where investigators want to question him about accusations of rape.

Assange had aslo said that Snowden left Hong Kong on Sunday, bound for Ecuador via a safe passage through Russia and other states.

Snowden went on the run after embarrassing US President Barack Obama by revealing a massive surveillance programme.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has dubbed Snowden a traitor to his country and warned both Russia and China that their relations with the United States might be damaged by their refusal to extradite him.

With Agency inputs

First Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 18:09

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