(THE HILL) Edward Snowden is “healthy and safe” and waiting to hear whether he’ll receive asylum in Ecuador, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said on Monday.

In a phone call with reporters, Assange said Snowden’s application for asylum was being “carefully considered” by the Prime Minister of Ecuador. Assange added that Snowden had “possibly” submitted requests to other countries as well.

Snowden, who earlier this month revealed classified documents detailing the NSA’s surveillance of phone and internet traffic, fled from Hong Kong to Moscow on Sunday to avoid a U.S. extradition request. The former government contractor is facing federal charges on espionage and theft of government property.

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