Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden will stay in the transit zone of a Moscow airport for the time being while Russian authorities consider his temporary asylum request, a lawyer said on Wednesday.
Anatoly Kucherena, a Russian lawyer who is assisting Snowden in his asylum request and met the 30-year-old on Wednesday afternoon, said Snowden had not yet received the pass needed to leave Sheremetyevo airport after more than a month.
Earlier reports from a Russian state news agency and airport officials suggested that Snowden had been granted the papers that will allow him to leave the airport transit area.
An airport official told Reuters that Snowden, who is wanted by the United States for leaking details of U.S. government intelligence programs, would be handed the documents by a lawyer later on Wednesday.
The lawyer "will hand him the papers", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.