Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Snowden in the Wind to … Bolivia?



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.

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  1. King Banaian Contributor
    King Banaian

    Beast, I agree this is at best a Category 2 in re Showden (as he should now be called.) The interesting part is that a) Bolivia steps up as the bad boy and b) the Left is having a full hissy over the idea that the West might choose to not let Morales fly over their airspace, or that apparently the Austrians decided to search the cabin for Showden. If this is true, who is wheeling and dealing over some 29-year-old hacker?

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    • July 3, 2013, at 6:50 AM PDT
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  2. flownover Member
    If you got bad news, you wanna kick them blues; cocaine. When your day is done and you wanna run; cocaine. 
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    • July 3, 2013, at 7:23 AM PDT
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  3. David Williamson Inactive

    Bolivia vs Hawaii with a pole-dancer girlfriend – is this guy sane?

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    • July 3, 2013, at 8:48 AM PDT
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  4. Starve the Beast Inactive

    Like most Ricocheteers, I live in the news cycle. And like most people who live in the news cycle, I need to ration my attention.

    Some news stories, like Benghazi and the IRS, get my full attention because they’re interesting and important. And I really get steamed when they get bumped to Page 2 by James Gandolfini (no disrespect to that fine actor; he’s just not news).

    Other news stories go into a second category, stuff that is important but that just doesn’t warrant that much attention – the DOMA decision was a disaster, but dwelling on it isn’t going to help.

    The vast majority of material that occupies the headlines goes into third category, just not worth the time. I’m sorry for Trayvon Martin, but that whole thing is hyped tabloid trash for people who, God love them, treat the news as a shiny object.

    Snowdon demoted himself from category 2 to category 3 about the time he was sipping Starbucks at the airport in Moscow. Can he just land somewhere once and for all, and fade into obscurity? Please?

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    • July 3, 2013, at 9:04 AM PDT
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  5. Misthiocracy got drunk and Member
    Misthiocracy got drunk andJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I still get perverse pleasure from the fact that a few dozen journalists boarded a plane from Moscow to Ecuador only to discover that Snowden was not, in fact, on board the plane.

    It’s a 16 hour long flight.

    Schadenfreude at its finest.

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    • July 3, 2013, at 11:35 AM PDT
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