Snowden's Airport Stay Not Over Just Yet: Lawyer
Denies claims that document allowing Snowden to leave has been produced
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 24, 2013 7:50 AM CDT
Updated Jul 24, 2013 10:48 AM CDT
TV journalists are at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

(Newser) – Edward Snowden's status is pretty murky at the moment: Though Russian media this morning reported that he had been given the tentative go-ahead to end his month-long stay at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, his lawyer has since denied the report. The Russian reports cited an anonymous law enforcement source as saying that Russia has responded to Snowden's asylum request by issuing documents giving him permission to leave the transit zone and enter Russian territory, provided the border service is OK with it, according to RIA Novosti. But, making things more confusing, the sources said his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, would be the one to deliver the documents to him, the BBC reports.

Among those who don't know what's happening: the White House. The AP reports it is "seeking clarity" from Russian officials on Snowden's status. One other interesting revelation from Kucherena, who met with Snowden today: He says Russia is Snowden's "final destination for now," and that the leaker plans to study the Russian language, reports the AP. He also says he brought Snowden some fresh clothes and books: Among them, Crime and Punishment.

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Jul 25, 2013 11:09 AM CDT
Common guys, Snowden is the first case that I hear about, that had to run out of own homeland to expose what our own government is doing to us. He did not have any monetary gain out of this ordeal. You don't even have clue what that guy is going through. I am sure that majority of the posters here, broke the law while driving after few brewsky's or even the bravest thing, go to by alcohol after they runned out of it. So what in the world you know about how he feels, if it wasn't for him you wouldn't know that they listen to your conversations and checking you emails or even this forum for that matter. Our own government has created "terror of fear" and pushed it down upon us. My friend just came back from overseas trip and she told me that everywhere in Europe at the Airports she felt like she is a human being, until she land back here and got frisked, x-rayed and had to threw away half a staff she brought because it was "high security risk". So go back to your life's, snitch on your friend at work, call police on your neighbour, pay for mistakes of your service guy, do three times as much work load and shut up. "take it like a man".
Jul 25, 2013 7:35 AM CDT
Putin already got what he wanted. Any intel Snowden had Russia needed and another chance to show what a pussy Obama is.
Jul 24, 2013 2:26 PM CDT
The poor guy has SUFFERED ENOUGH !!!! Have any of you ever spent TIME in that sewer of an airport ? **sarcasm mode: OFF