Bolivia's president Evo Morales attempted to leave Europe on Tuesday night before his flight was rerouted and delayed on alleged suspicions that he was taking NSA leaker Edward Snowden to Latin America.
According to the AP, Bolivia is accusing the United States of ordering European countries to block Morales' flight, and blaming European governments of "aggression" by thwarting the flight. It remains unclear if Europe actually did block the plane, and if so, why.
“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 also on the flight.
The Washington Post reports that Foreign Minister of Bolivia David Choquehuanca denied that Snowden was on the plane, and said that France and Portugal would need to explain why they canceled authorization for the flight.
“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,” Choquehuanca said from Vienna, where the plane landed.