Tuesday, July 2, 2013

HOT: Bolivia leader's jet diverted 'amid Snowden suspicions'

Developing...

UPDATE 1

From the BBC:

Bolivian President Evo Morales's plane has been diverted to Austria amid suspicion that US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is on board, the foreign minister has said.

David Choquehuanca denied that Mr Snowden was on the plane.

France and Portugal reportedly refused to allow the Bolivia-bound flight to cross their airspace.

UPDATE 2

The Bolivian president had been on a visit to Moscow, where the former CIA contractor has been holed up in an airport transit area for more than a week.

Morales and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had been in Moscow for a meeting of gas-exporting countries.

UPDATE 3


UPDATE 4

The Bolivian Air Focre Plane carrying  Bolivian President Evo Morales has landed in Vienna, Austria,

UPDATE 5

Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Schallenberg told The Associated Press that Snowden is not with Morales and that the Bolivian president is spending the night at a Vienna hotel.

"This is a hostile act by the United States State Department which has used various European governments," said Bolivian Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra, who was on the flight.

UPDATE 6

Morales in Vienna, details here.

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