Edward Snowden was in a “safe place” and in “high spirits”, Julian Assange said on Monday and accused the U.S. administration of attempting to “bully” Russia and other countries which were trying to help the whistleblower.

He said he was “aware” of Mr. Snowden’s location but could not go into details because of “the bellicose threats coming from the U.S. administration”.’

All he could say was that both Mr. Snowden and WikiLeaks’ Sarah Harrison, who had travelled with him from Hong Kong, were “healthy and safe” and in contact with their legal team.

“We are aware of where Edward Snowden is. He is in a safe place and his spirits are high. Due to the bellicose threats coming from the U.S. administration we cannot go into further detail at this time. Unfortunately we cannot reveal what country he is in at this time,” WikiLeaks chief said in a “telephone news press call” with American journalists, from Ecuadorean embassy in London.

He claimed that there was no communication between Mr. Snowden and Russian authorities prior to his departure from Hong Kong on Sunday. Asked whether…

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