(CNN) - After weeks of speculation, Edward Snowden made an appearance on camera in Moscow, at the Sheremetyevo Airport, where he has been staying since leaving Hong Kong, and it was an appearance with a purpose.
This is the first video of Edward Snowden since he fled Hong Kong and arrived at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. "A little over one month ago, I had family, a home in paradise, and I lived in great comfort," said Snowden.
Check out the video above to see Edward Snowden talk to activist , asking for help.
After camping out somewhere in the transit area for almost three weeks, he invited a group of Russian Human Rights Activists to meet him.
Those activists listened, asked questions and returned after less than an hour, announcing Snowden had significantly changed his intentions; he now officially wants political asylum in Russia, but only temporarily.
Tanya Lokshina, Human Rights Watch, said, "His plans are to move on. He wants to move on to Latin America but he feels the only way he's going to be safe in Russia is to get asylum in this country."
He told them he's changed his plans because he has little choice.
"He says the United States, the US government, will do whatever it takes not to let him go to Latin American countries," said Vyacheslav Nikonov, Russian Law Maker.
Those at the meeting say Snowden asked them to lobby the Russian Government to grant his asylum application. Some of them have promised to do so.
"He wants to be free. It's natural. He is not a criminal now," said Feodore Lukin, Russian Human Rights Ombudsman.
Edward Snowden withdrew an earlier application for asylum here because President Vladimir Putin said he would have to stop political activity aimed at hurting the United States, but those who met with him Friday say he now promises to meet that condition.