World News

Snowden Will Remain at Moscow Airport - Lawyer



U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden appeared to be about to leave his temporary home at a Moscow airport Wednesday, but his lawyer said there was a snag in the American's bid for asylum in Russia, so he is staying put at the airport .

Numerous news agencies in Russia reported that documents had been delivered authorizing the former U.S. intelligence contractor to leave the international airport's transit zone and enter Russia formally. Snowden has been encamped at the Sheremetyevo Airport for the past month while trying to arrange safe passage to any country where he could avoid pending U.S. espionage charges.

After a meeting with Snowden Wednesday, his Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said the U.S. fugitive does not yet have appropriate documents from Russian authorities, so he will continue to live at the airport.

Snowden has made public top-secret documents about wide-ranging surveillance programs throughout the world conducted by the U.S. National Security Agency.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused a request from U.S. President Barack Obama to expel Snowden so he can stand trial in the United States. With the possible release of Snowden from the airport, the U.S. said it is seeking clarification from Russia on his status.



Three leftist governments in Latin America - Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua - have offered Snowden asylum, but after the United States revoked his passport, Snowden has not been able to leave the Moscow airport.

The 30-year-old computer expert says he wants to eventually head to Latin America, but last week, in a handwritten note, he asked Russia to grant him temporary asylum.

Mr. Putin has said that Snowden can only stay in Russia if he refrains from leaking more documents damaging to the U.S.

Snowden leaked details of NSA programs that collect vast information on telephone calls made in the U.S., although not the content of the calls, as well as Internet usage of suspected terrorists.

The NSA says it needs to collect the data to prevent another attack on the U.S. like the 2001 al-Qaida assault that killed nearly 3,000 people. News of the extent of the surveillance has sparked a new debate in Congress about limiting government agencies' power to collect such large amounts of data.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Relatives Call for Release of American Captives in Irani
X
June 02, 2015 10:24 PM
Relatives of Americans held captive or missing in Iran are calling on the Obama administration to press for their release during nuclear negotiations with Tehran. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Relatives Call for Release of American Captives in Iran

Relatives of Americans held captive or missing in Iran are calling on the Obama administration to press for their release during nuclear negotiations with Tehran. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Texas Floods Test Agencies' Ability to Coordinate in Emergency

The recent floods in Texas have demonstrated the value of emergency management systems to coordinate the efforts of local, state and federal government agencies as well as private relief groups. VOA’s Greg Flakus filed this report from Houston on how the system worked during recent flooding.
Video

Video UN Appeals For $500 Million to Fund Aid In Iraq

The United Nations will launch an appeal this week at the European Parliament for $500 million to support humanitarian aid operations in Iraq. U.N. officials say the existing programs in Iraq are running out of funds at a time when many more Iraqis are getting displaced and need help. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Heat-resistant Glassware Celebrates 100th Anniversary

One hundred years ago, a new brand of kitchenware named Pyrex entered the American market, firmly imprinting its name into the psyche of consumers. It is still being manufactured while the early models are now collectors’ items. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Rescue Teams Try to Save Wildlife Affected by California Oil Spill

Dead animals have been found almost daily since a pipeline failed May 19, releasing thousands of gallons of crude oil into the ocean and beaches of central California, but rescue workers are trying their best to save stricken creatures. From SeaWorld San Diego, the primary care facility for mammals covered in oil, VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.
Video

Video Legends of the Blues

As blues legend BB King is laid to rest in his hometown, Indianola, Mississippi, fans around the world are keeping his legacy and his music alive. Some of the musicians who played with King and other notable performers put out a recording under the name Original Legends of the Blues. Meet them and hear their music in this report written, narrated and directed by VOA Houston correspondent Greg Flakus.
Video

Video New York's One World Trade Center Observatory Opens to Public

From New Jersey to Long Island, from Northern suburbs to the Atlantic Ocean, with all of New York City in-between.  That view became available to the public Friday as the One World Trade Center Observatory opened in New York -- atop the replacement for the buildings destroyed in the September 11, 2001, attacks.  VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports.
Video

Video Seoul Sponsors Korean Unification Fair

With inter-Korean relations deteriorating over the North’s nuclear program, past military provocations and human rights abuses, many Koreans still hold out hope for eventual peaceful re-unification. VOA’s Brian Padden visited a “unification fair” held this week in Seoul, where border communities promoted the benefits of increased cooperation.
Video

Video Modular Robot Getting Closer to Reality

A robot being developed at Carnegie Mellon University has evolved into a multi-legged modular mechanical snake, able to move over rugged surfaces and explore the surroundings. Scientists say such machines could someday help in search and rescue operations. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Shanghai Hosts Big Consumer Electronics Show

Electronic gadgets are a huge success in China, judging by the first Asian Consumer Electronics Show, held this week in Shanghai. Over the course of two days, more than 20,000 visitors watched, tested and played with useful and some less-useful electronic devices exhibited by about 200 manufacturers. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Forced to Return Home, Afghan Refugees Face Increased Hardship

Undocumented refugees returning to Afghanistan from Pakistan have no jobs, no support system, and no home return to, and international aid agencies say they and the government are overwhelmed and under-resourced. Ayesha Tanzeem has more from Kabul.

VOA Blogs