Bolivian presidential plane forced to land in Austria over suspicions Snowden on board


After departing from Russia the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to landing in Austria Wednesday morning over suspicions that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board, a claim Bolivian and Austrian officials refuted.

Snowden had requested asylum from Bolivia, which has yet to answer; he also petitioned Austria but was rejected. Reports indicated the plane was hindered in navigating Western Europe as France and Portugal would not allow the La Paz-bound plane to enter their airspace.

David Choquehuanca, the Bolivian Foregin Minister, refuted the idea Snowden was on the plane, saying“we don’t know who invited this lie, but we want to denounce to the international community this injustice with the plane of President Evo Morales.”

This is a lie, a falsehood. It was generated by the US government,” Bolivian Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra told CNN. “It t is an outrage. It is an abuse. It is a violation of the conventions and agreements of international air transportation.”

Ecuador also suggested an emergency meeting of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) after the incident Tuesday.

Austrian ministry officials have confirmed that Snowden was not on Morales’ plane, according to AFP.

“President Morales will leave early Wednesday morning for La Paz,” Austrian ministry spokesman Alexander Schallenberg said. He denied any knowledge of why the plane landed there.

The rare instance of two countries denying airspace to the leader of a non-adversarial country is indicative of Snowden’s current situation. Morales previously told RT he would consider granting Snowden asylum, but the number of countries that would agree continues to decrease by the day.

Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, speaking with RT, said he would leave the decision up to the Venezuelan people.

“If Snowden stays alone, he will be destroyed,” he said. “But what kind of crimes did he commit? What kind of bombs did he explode or what kind of missiles did he launch? He tries to fight against controlling weak countries. This is why we say that we share what this young man says and that protecting Snowden will protect peace.”


unbelievable panic from the usa..just what does that man still have that could worry them so much?..amnesty obviously isnt recognized in those countries any more..


“The US government has asked Bolivia to extradite fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden should he arrive on Bolivian soil, the country’s foreign minister David Choquehuanca says.

Bolivian President Evo Morales’s plane was diverted late on Tuesday to Vienna on suspicion that Snowden was on board, sparking a row between La Paz and several European countries.

‘The United States sent us a note in which it asks for the extradition of its citizen Edward Snowden should he be in Bolivia,’ Choquehuanca told Telesur television.

The minister said he had not yet read the note in its entirety, and that La Paz would ‘review the entire diplomatic note before deciding.’

Choquehuanca said he believed the note was no accident, as ‘the United States believed Snowden was on the presidential plane’ with Morales.”

i think that he probably was on the plane..would be a highly unusual move to make on suspicion only..


~ by seeker401 on July 4, 2013.

2 Responses to “Bolivian presidential plane forced to land in Austria over suspicions Snowden on board”

  1. All these countries giving the U.S. the middle finger. What happens when they have Snowden murdered, if they do? I don’t see Americans rising up and protesting and wanting answers. They actually compare this guy to a terrorist, no fucking shit.


    Heads of state in the South American bloc Unasur on Wednesday strenuously rejected the diversion of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane in Europe and demanded an explanation for “unfriendly and unjustifiable acts.”

    In a statement from Peru’s government, which holds the rotating presidency of the group, the leaders expressed their outrage and indignation because Morales’ plane was not permitted to land in Portugal and France on Tuesday.

    Bolivian authorities said they were denied landing space because of unfounded speculation that former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden was on board.

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