Edward Snowden will take the Norwegian state to court in a bid to secure free passage there, a Norwegian law firm representing the former US spy contractor said on Thursday.

Mr Snowden has been invited to Norway to receive a freedom of speech award from the local branch of writers’ group PEN International, but is worried that he would be handed over to the United States, his lawyers say.

“The purpose is to get legally established that Norway has no right to extradite Snowden to the U.S.,” the law firm, Schjoedt, said in a statement.

“U.S. authorities have already asked that Snowden will be extradited to the U.S. if he was to arrive in Norway,” Hallvard Helle, the lawyer representing Snowden, told Reuters.

“It is a case they [the Norwegian authorities] have not wished to comment on previously, so therefore we want a legal clarification of this,” Helle said, when asked whether Norway had said it would extradite Snowden if he entered the country.

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