Published July 04, 2013
LA PAZ, Bolivia – Bolivian President Evo Morales is calling the rerouting of his plane over suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was aboard a provocation to Latin America.
His presidential plane arrived home in Bolivia's capital around midnight Wednesday local time (4 a.m. GMT Thursday) following an unplanned 14-hour layover in Vienna. His government said France, Spain and Portugal all refused to let it through their airspace, forcing it to land in Austria.
Morales told supporters gathered at the airport that some European countries should free themselves from the United States. His government has claimed the U.S. government was behind the incident.
"It is an open provocation to the continent, not only to the president; they use the agent of North American imperialism to scare us and intimidate us," he said.