A U.S. rendition plane was ready and waiting in Copenhagen in June 2013 to nab National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, a Danish news website reported this week.
At the time, Snowden had fled Hong Kong and was stuck at the airport in Moscow.
Documents obtained by Denfri.dk from Denmark's Ministry of Justice, and which back previous claims, show that Danish authorities approved a request from the United States for a specific aircraft to fly over and in Danish territory "for state purposes of a non-commercial nature," and indicate that the aircraft did, in fact, land in Copenhagen.
That aircraft, with registration number N977GA, has been used in CIA and Department of Justice kidnappings, The Register reported in 2014.
Denfri.dk received the documents, many heavily redacted, following Freedom of Information requests it had sent in August 2015 "regarding requests from the U.S. government to Denmark and other countries that they arrest and extradite Snowden if he set foot in their country," Sputnik reports.
Among the documents the site received, RT reports, was "a batch of heavily redacted emails indicating communications between senior officials in Denmark's police, Foreign Ministry and Justice Ministry, including Anders Herping Nielsen, a chief consultant of the Justice Ministry's international office and its former deputy head, whose responsibility it is to decide on the extradition of people for trial in other countries."
The Justice Ministry wrote in its reply to denfri.dk: "Denmark’s relationship with the U.S. would be damaged if the information becomes public knowledge."
The whistleblower himself tweeted this on Wednesday:
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 27, 2016