Lawyer: Snowden can’t leave Moscow airport yet

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(CNN) — [Breaking news update] U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has not received documents that would allow him to leave a Moscow airport’s transit area, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told CNN on Wednesday. Earlier, Russian media reported that his paperwork had been issued.

Kucherena said Snowden’s paperwork could be delivered at “any time,” but it is not certain when.

[Original story, posted at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday]

(CNN) — Russia has given U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden documents to allow him to leave the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for several weeks, Russian news media reported Wednesday.

This comes eight days after Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia, where he arrived from Hong Kong after revealing sweeping U.S. electronic surveillance programs to the news media.

Last week, a Russian lawyer assisting Snowden said he would receive a certificate showing that the asylum request is under consideration, and that certificate would allow him to legally leave the airport’s transit area and enter the rest of the country.

Since arriving at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on June 23, Snowden had been unable to leave the airport’s transit area because the United States revoked his passport. He faces espionage charges in the United States.

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