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Iceland businessman says plane ready for Snowden

A banner supporting Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, is displayed at Central, Hong Kong's business district, Friday, June 21, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama is holding his first meeting with a privacy and civil liberties board Friday as he seeks to make good on his pledge to have a public discussion about secretive government surveillance programs. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

LONDON (AP) -- 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.