VIENNA, Austria - Bolivian president Evo Morales reacted furiously when the U.S. forced his plane to land in Vienna because of suspicions that Edward Snowden was on board. According to the Washington Post, the plane was rerouted after France and Portugal refused to let the plane Morales was on board cross their airspace.
Bolivian Defense Minsiter Ruben Saveedra said: “This is a hostile act by the United States State Department which has used various European governments.”
Morales met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss policies on gas exports. In an interview with Russian media before leaving the country, the Bolivian president said he would consider Edward Snowden’s asylum request.
The 30-year-old leaker is believed to be in an area of Moscow’s international airport. Snowden has been on the run since he revealed that the United States keeps tabs on phone records and private email accounts. U.S. officials said the program has helped foil dozen of terrorist attacks over the years. Snowden has applied for asylum in 20 countries.