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Edward Snowden has been granted documents that will allow him to leave the Moscow airport where he has been since 23 June, according to an airport source. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the National Security Agency whistleblower is expected to meet his lawyer at Sheremetyevo airport later on Wednesday after lodging a request for temporary asylum in Russia. Immigration officials declined to comment. The former US spy agency contractor is wanted by the US for leaking details of government intelligence programmes but is attempting to negotiate asylum. He has been in the transit area of Sheremetyevo airport since flying to Russia from Hong Kong. Snowden has said he will request asylum in Russia until he is permitted to travel to Latin America. Venezuela has offered him political asylum but he remains unable to travel there without travel documents. The US has lobbied governments around the world to refuse entry to Snowden, and has invalidated his US passport.
Snowden collects belongings from Sheremetyevo Airport's recreation room
- You are now in contact with Edward Snowden?
- I have been in contact with him, but Mr. Snowden is now very focused on fulfilling the conditions that required by the Russian government so that he could stay in Russia. And as a result, our communication is reduced to a discussion of his general condition and the response of the United States and around the world to texts written by me.