Iceland says a WikiLeaks spokesman who claims to represent Edward Snowden has reached out to government officials about the potential of the NSA leaker applying for asylum in the Nordic country.

Johannes Skulason, an Icelandic government official, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson had held informal talks with assistants at the Interior Ministry and the prime minister's office.

Skulason said Hrafnsson "presented his case that he was in contact with Snowden and wanted to see what the legal framework was like."

Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson told reporters in Sweden that there had been no formal discussions on the matter.

To apply for asylum, Snowden must be on Icelandic soil. He fled to Hong Kong and is hiding.