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Icelandic businessman says he has plane ready in Hong Kong to bring Edward Snowden to Iceland

An Icelandic business executive says a private plane is on standby to transport NSA secrets leaker Edward Snowden from Hong Kong to Iceland.

Olafur Vignir Sigurvinsson said Friday that while he has not spoken directly with Edward Snowden, he has been in touch with a third party representing him. The businessman has connections to the WikiLeaks secret-spilling organization.

Sigurvinsson says he has access to planes in Hong Kong and mainland China.

But Iceland's government says it has not received an asylum request from Snowden, who has revealed his role in providing secret U.S. National Security Agency documents.

Interior Ministry spokesman Johannes Tomasson says Snowden hasn't approached the ministry and an asylum request could only begin if Snowden is in Iceland.

U.S. officials have expressed an interest in prosecuting Snowden.