Businessman says he has a Chinese jet on standby in case Icelandic government green-lights asylum — Could leave as early as tomorrow.
An Icelandic businessman is offering to transport Edward Snowden to the island nation aboard a chartered jet if Iceland’s government grants asylum to the man who exposed the National Security Agency’s massive harvesting of Internet and phone records.
“Everything is ready on our side and the plane could take off tomorrow,” DataCell executive Olafur Sigurvinsson told Iceland’s Channel 2 television station, Agence France-Presse reports.
“We have really done all we can do. We have a plane and all the logistics in place. Now we are only awaiting a response from the [Icelandic] government,” he said. “It would be stupid to come here only to be extradited to the United States. In that case he’d be better off where he is.”
Sigurvinsson said the jet is owned by a Chinese company and was chartered for $240,000, which was raised with donations to DataCell, a Web company that processes credit card payments to WikiLeaks. His Twitter page says he’s the company’s chief operating officer.
“We could fly Snowden over tomorrow if we get positive reaction from the Interior Ministry,” Sigurvinsson told Reuters. “We need to get confirmation of asylum and that he will not be extradited to the U.S.”
Snowden would be most secure in Iceland if the country gave him citizenship, according to his Icelandic advocates.
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