DIPLOMATIC DRAMA OVER EDWARD SNOWDEN: If the hunt for NSA leaker Edward Snowden isn’t something out of a Tom Clancy thriller or James Bond movie, then I don’t know what else to call it. Bolivia is accusing Austria of kidnapping President Evo Morales over suspicion fugitive Edward Snowden was on board his plane when it was rerouted after Spain, Portugal and France refused to allow it to fly in their airspace. The reality is that the Europeans don’t want Edward Snowden. Their relationship with America is worth more to them than jeopardizing it over a snitch. That’s despite claims the U.S. is spying on them via the NSA. That is troubling but it can be dealt with.
Bolivia accused Austria of “kidnapping” its president, Evo Morales, on Wednesday after authorities searched his plane during a stop-over in Vienna on suspicion he was taking fugitive U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden to Latin America.
A senior Bolivian diplomat said the Austrians had acted at the bidding of the United States, which has been trying to get its hands on Snowden since he revealed details of its secret surveillance programs last month.
“We’re talking about the president on an official trip after an official summit being kidnapped,” Bolivia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Sacha Llorenti Soliz, told reporters in Geneva.
“We have no doubt that it was an order from the White House,” ambassador Llorenti said. “By no means should a diplomatic plane with the president be diverted from its route and forced to land in another country.” Bolivia will lodge a complaint at the United Nations.
Austria said however that Morales had agreed to a voluntary inspection of the plane. Deputy Chancellor Michael Spindelegger confirmed Snowden had not been on the plane.
“Our colleagues from the airport had a look and can give assurances that no one is on board who is not a Bolivian citizen,” Spindelegger told reporters at Vienna airport. Source: Reuters
This just shows that the U.S. wants Edward Snowden and other European partner countries don’t like what Edward Snowden has done. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the fact that the NSA is so intrusive, however, had he leaked the information and remained on U.S. soil, I would have more respect for him. As far as I am concerned, Edward Snowden is part of a bigger conspiracy. He didn’t act alone.
Bolivian officials had said that France, Portugal and Italy blocked the plane from flying over their territories based on unfounded rumors that Snowden was on board. Bolivia said Spain agreed to allow the plane to refuel in the Canary Islands – but only if Bolivian authorities agreed to allow it to be inspected. Source: Huffington Post
A thought on Bolivia filing a complaint with the U.N., um, that will will not move the U.S. one iota. The UN has been trying for decades to do something about North Korea and they have been unsuccessful. I seriously doubt a complaint from Bolivia about Evo Morales’ plane being rerouted over suspicion Edward Snowden was on-board will go nowhere.