The minister is currently in Norway where the media company NTB talked to him about Snowden. During the interview Bjarni said that Snowden had not applied for a political asylum in Iceland. "Snowden has not applied for an asylum in Iceland. For that reason there is no point in wondering about whether or not to grant him an asylum." said Bjarni.
Bjarni says that there is nothing special about Snowden's case. "Why should he get a special treatment? Many people have applied for an asylum in Iceland and have waited many months for a reply. He will have to go at the back of the line if he is interest in moving to Iceland," said Bjarni.
Bjarni is now meeting with the chairmen of the Nordic right wing parties in Akerhus in Norway.
When Bjarni was asked about Bobby Fischer's case he said that it was a special case for many reasons and therefore has now value in the context of Snowden. Fischer got an Icelandic citizenship in 2005 after he was arrested in Japan for traveling with an illegal passport. The US authorities issued an arrest warrant for Fischer after he traveled to Yugoslavia in 1992 to play chess, violating the US traveling ban to the country.