Edward Snowden, the man wanted by Washington for leaking secrets, is starting a new life in Russia after being granted temporary asylum.
He furtively avoiding a posse of journalists as he left Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, where he has spent more than five weeks in the transit area.
Snowden has pledged not to publish more information that could harm the US and is understood to be staying in the private home of American expatriates. Now he must look for work.
“I have received letters from people, from citizens who say they would hire him with pleasure. There’s not going to be a problem here,” said Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s lawyer.
“He needs to work. He is not a rich person, and the money that he had he spent on food (in the transit zone). Of course he knows that going forward he has to work in order to live.
“Edward assured me that he is not planning to publish any documents that blacken the American government. But before that he said, he advised me himself, when he was in Hong Kong he gave a part of that material to journalists.”
In the US, White House spokesman Jay Carney said they are considering whether a meeting between President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin should go ahead in September.