Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has revealed how he told Edward Snowden to flee to Russia - saying otherwise he risked being 'kidnapped or possibly killed'.
Assange claims he told former NSA contractor Snowden to choose the controversial destination after he leaked details of the U.S. government's wide-ranging surveillance programme to the media in 2013.
Snowden had apparently mooted Latin America as a possibility, but Assange feared it left him vulnerable to being kidnapped by the CIA.
'He preferred Latin America, but my advice was that he should take asylum in Russia despite the negative PR consequences, because my assessment is that he had a significant risk of being kidnapped from Latin America on CIA orders.'
Questioned further, Assange added he feared Snowden could be 'kidnapped or possibly killed'.