Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia: Lawyer

Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena speaks to the media at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia on Friday, July 12, 2013. Former United States spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is wanted in the United States on espionage charges, has requested te
Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena speaks to the media at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia on Friday, July 12, 2013. Former United States spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is wanted in the United States on espionage charges, has requested temporary asylum in Russia, a Russian lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former United States spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is wanted in the United States on espionage charges, has requested temporary asylum in Russia, a Russian lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday.

Snowden, who revealed details of US government surveillance programmes, has been stranded at a Moscow airport since June 23.

Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena confirmed Snowden had filed an application for temporary asylum, although the American has said he wants to eventually travel to Latin America.