NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden's time in limbo at a Moscow airport terminal has reportedly come to an end, as the 30-year-old has acquired refugee status in Russia, according to WikiLeaks.
His lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told state television: "I have just seen him off. He has left for a secure location ... Security is a very serious matter for him."
Snowden, 30, arrived in Moscow from Hong Kong on June 23. He had hoped to fly to Latin America, where three countries have offered to shelter him, but was concerned that the United States would prevent him reaching his destination.
Russia Today via Twitter posted confirmation based on an image of Snowden's passport, stamped with his newly acquired refugee status: