Bolivia livid after Prez Evo’s plane gets rerouted in Europe
Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane, which was taking Morales home from a summit in Russia, where he had suggested that his government would be willing to consider granting asylum to the American.
A furious Bolivian foreign minister David Choquehuanca said France and Portugal would have to explain why they canceled authorization for the plane, claiming that the decision had put the president's life at risk.
‘We don't know who invented this lie’ that Snowden was traveling with Morales, Choquehuanca said in La Paz. ‘We want to denounce to the international community this injustice with the plane of President Evo Morales.’ He said that after France and Portugal canceled authorisation for the flight, Spain's government allowed the plane to be refueled in its territory. From there the plane flew on to Vienna. French government officials reached overnight said they could not confirm whether Morales' plane was denied permission to fly over France.