Bolivian Govt Plane Rerouted on Suspicion Snowden AboardWorld | July 3, 2013, Wednesday // 14:41| views
Fugitive ex-CIA analyst Edward Snowden, photo by EPA/BGNES
Bolivian President Evo Morales' State aircraft had to change its route over Europe over suspicions US whistleblower Edward Snowden is onboard.
France and Portugal closed their airspaces to the Bolivian aircraft on account of doubts that Morales has provided diplomatic cover of Snowden. The flight Moscow-Bolivia was redirected to Vienna.
Moscow is Edward Snowden's last known stop. He applied for asylum in several countries, one of which was Bolivia.
The diverted flight angered the Bolivian Foreign Minister who said Snowden was not aboard the plane, which was later confirmed by Austrian authorities.
"I do not know who came up with this big lie, but we want the international community to condemn the unjust actions against the aircraft of President Evo Morales," the Foreign Minister of Bolivia said.
The Governmental "Falcon" was authorized to reload fuel in Spain before landing in the Austrian capital. According to the BBC, at the Vienna airport President Morales specified the route to his country. Spain allowed the president to fly through its airspace on the way to Bolivia.
The French and Portuguese authorities had not yet commented on what happened.
Snowden, an ex CIA officer is wanted in the US for disclosing a large amount of phone calls accessed by the US intelligence authorities.
He has deposited applications for asylum in 21 countries.
Austria, Brazil, Finland, India, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Spain and Switzerland already denied his request.
Snowden withdrew the application to stay in Russia after he was informed about the conditions that the Russian president Vladimir Putin had.
Putin said on Monday that Snowden can stay in Russia if he "no longer harms the United States."
The answer of Bolivia, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, Holland, Italy, Netherlands and Nicaragua is still expected.
According to unconfirmed reports Venezuela might offer asylum to Snowden.
On June 6, 2013, the Guardian and the Washington Post broke news that America's National Security Agency (NSA) was tracking millions of European's data.
The leak by former NSA officer Edward Snowden caused international furor.
Based on the Snowden's findings, Washington Post points the tech giants Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, YouTube, PalTalk, AOL and Yahoo as participants in the program called PRISM.
The most recent scandal flared after Snowden's leak revealing the US was targeting and spying on a number of EU and non-EU allies.
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