The fate of fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden remains in a state of flux. A source at the Moscow airport which has been the former US security agency contractor’s refuge since June 23 said that Snowden had received papers allowing him to leave the transit zone.
His lawyer arrived earlier on Wednesday showing off a care package to reporters which implied Snowden might soon be setting foot on Russian soil. The package included a guide to Moscow and some new clothes. However, the lawyer denied that he had received a pass to leave. He added that Snowden had no immediate plans to leave Russia.
Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia. So far the immigration authorities have declined to comment on the request, but the process could take up to three months.
Snowden is wanted by the authorities in Washington for leaking confidential details of an extensive US spy programme, and has been granted asylum in several Latin American countries.