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.
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.
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.
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".
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.