(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — A lawyer advising National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says his asylum status has not been resolved and that he is going to stay at the Moscow airport for now.

Anatoly Kucherena, who was visiting the American at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Wednesday, said that migration officials are still looking at this asylum request and that this process had been drawn out.

Kucherena said that Snowden is staying in the transit zone “for now” and “intends to stay in Russia, study Russian culture.”

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