NSA leaker Edward Snowden's status to enter Russia unclear

The White House says it is "seeking clarity" from Russian authorities about the status of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Russian state news agency said Snowden had been granted a document that allows him to leave the transit zone of a Moscow airport and enter Russia, but Snowden's lawyer later said his client's asylum status has not been resolved and he will stay at the airport for now.

Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Rusia last week after his attempts to leave the airport were thwarted. The United States wants him sent home to face prosecution for espionage.

Snowden is believed to have been staying at the airport transit zone since June 23, when he arrived on a flight from Hong Kong.

RIA Novosti quoted an unnamed official on Wednesday saying that Snowden has been issued with documents, allowing him to leave the transit zone at the Moscow Sheremetyevo airport.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says the Obama administration has made clear to the Russians its desire to see Snowden returned to the U.S. to face espionage charges. Carney also had no updates on how Snowden's status would impact President Barack Obama's plans to travel to Russia in September.

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