When Edward Snowden was named the source of the NSA leak, a search for him began by the Department of Justice.
The former CIA employee began international diplomacy Monday when he fled to Hong Kong, where he is reportedly holed up in a hotel room. According to The Guardian, Snowden exposed the information from the NSA to “protect basic liberties for people around the world.”
It’s been hinted that Snowden may seek diplomatic protection from Iceland.
The Iceland embassy in Hong Kong has not yet commented on the subject, but Icelandic privacy campaigner and lawmaker Birgitta Jonsdottir has urged Reykjavik to assist Snowden with any asylum requests.
“The only thing I can do is sit here and hope the Hong Kong government does not deport me,” Snowdon told The Guardian. “My predisposition is to seek asylum in a country with shared values. The nation that most encompasses this is Iceland. They stood up for people over Internet freedom. I have no idea what my future is going to be.”