Snowden: No plan to exit Russia

Former US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has no immediate plans to leave Russia, a lawyer assisting him in his request for temporary asylum said. An airport source earlier told Reuters that Snowden has been allowed to leave a Moscow airport.

White House: Desire to see Snowden return to US 'clear'

The Obama administration has made its desire to see whistleblower Edward Snowden returned to the US "clear" to Russia, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

US President Barack Obama.
The Obama administration wants Edward Snowden to return to the US to face espionage charges. Credit: Ron Sachs/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

He said Snowden "is neither a human rights activist, nor a dissident" and should return to the US to face espionage charges.

"He's been charged with serious felonies for the unauthorised leaking of highly classified information, and there is ample precedent and legal justification for him to be returned to the United States", Carney added.

Kerry: Snowden 'needs to be returned to the US'

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov to reiterate his belief that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden "needs to be returned to the United States, where he will have a fair trial".

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry told his counterpart that Russia "still has the ability to do the right thing".

US Secretary of State John Kerry.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has called his Russian counterpart to discuss Edward Snowden. Credit: AA/ABACA/Press Association Images

Kerry also reiterated that the US would be "deeply disappointed" if Russia made any effort to facilitate Snowden's movement out of the airport, or to any destination other than the US.

"Obviously any move that would allow Mr. Snowden to depart the airport would be deeply disappointing," Psaki added.

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Snowden: No plans to leave Moscow airport 'for now'

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is not planning to leave Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport "for now", his lawyer has said.

After meeting Snowden, Anatoly Kucherena told Rossiya 24 news channel:

He is not planning to leave for now.

He asked for temporary asylum, which in the case of a positive decision, is granted for a term of one year.

Currently his final country of destination is Russia.

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Snowden's lawyer 'has handed him travel documents'

Edward Snowden could shortly leave Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, after being handed travel documents by his lawyer from Russia's Immigration Service, Reuters reports.

Edward Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena at the Sheremetyevo airport. Credit: Reuters

Earlier, Russia's state news agency said the ex-CIA analyst, whose extradition is being sought by Washington for intelligence leaks, had been granted permission to enter the country.

Snowden's lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, declined to comment as he arrived at the airport.

But an airport source told Reuters: "The documents have been handed over."

Snowden 'pass' will increase US-Russia tensions

Any decision to grant Edward Snowden leave to enter Russia, is likely to further strain relations with the US, who want the whistleblower extradited over secret intelligence leaks.

Russia has refused to extradite Snowden and a decision on his temporary asylum request could take up to three months.

President Obama recently rang his Russia counterpart about Snowden's asylum request. Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA USA

Snowden 'will be able to travel freely in Russia'

Edward Snowdon is reportedly getting ready to leave a Moscow airport after being granted permission to enter Russia, according to Russia Today.

The American's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena will reportedly bring necessary papers to the airport and he will be also be given new clothes.

Edward Snowden during a meeting with representatives from WikiLeaks and Human Rights Watch. Credit: Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch

Lindsay France, who is reporting from the airport said: "When he gets those documents in his hands, he will.... be able to go freely about the Russian Federation".

Snowden has been stranded in the transit area of Sheremetyevo airport since he flew in from Hong Kong, last month.

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