THE VERY long reach of the United States government is becoming evident with the latest developments in Edward Snowden’s asylum troubles. The Bolivian president’s plane, when believed to be carrying Mr. Snowden, was refused from entering the air space of several European countries. How the rumor was started hasn’t been ascertained.
“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.”
[…] “The ambassador for Spain in Austria has just informed us that there is no authorisation to fly over Spanish territory and that at 9am Wednesday they would be in contact with us again,” defence minister Ruben Saavedra said. The Spanish government had made “revision of the presidential plane” a condition of granting it passage, he said.
This drama escalated late on Tuesday.
The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, Bolivian officials said Tuesday.
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.
Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in a dozen or so countries, but the Obama administration’s continued pressure is making his efforts much more difficult.