The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, the country’s foreign minister said.
Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca denied that Snowden was on the plane, which landed in Vienna, and said France and Portugal would have to explain why they canceled authorization for the plane.
“We don’t know who invented this lie. We want to denounce to the international community this injustice with the plane of President Evo Morales,” Choquehuanca said from Vienna, where the plane landed.
Wikileaks is tweeting vague revenge on France, Spain and Portugal. (I’m claiming “vague revenge” as my invention. You can thank me later.) Think he’s on the plane? Did he run out of attractions in Sheremetyevo? I have no analysis, just the odd thought that, of all the rogues I thought would take in Snowden, I’m ashamed I didn’t come up with Morales earlier. He’s had an increasingly anti-American tone as he’s wanted to run for a third term to run one of the least free places in the world.