Wikileaks Spokesman Insists Snowden Statement Is Genuine

Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson rejected suggestions made by Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald that the statement Wikileaks distributed on behalf of Edward Snowden Monday was not genuine.

“I can confirm that, as far as I know, this is from Mr. Snowden,” Hrafnsson told TPM. 

Hrafnsson said he is not in direct contact with Snowden, but his “colleagues” at Wikileaks are. On MSNBC Tuesday, Greenwald, who wrote the first story based on documents leaked by Snowden, said the statement from Wikileaks was “flavored with some person who isn’t Edward Snowden.”

Bruce Fein, an attorney for Snowden’s father, has said he received a call from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on the weekend saying Snowden wanted his father to stop speaking publicly about his situation. Hrafnsson declined to discuss that call.

“I don’t want to comment on that, it’s a private conversation,” Hrafnsson said.

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