Bolivian President's Plane Forced To Land For Snowden Search

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. pspr


    I think the U.S. is being quite the bully under Obama. How would he like it if Air Force One were forced to land and be searched by a foreign government. I remember O giving a speech saying that the U.S. was nothing special, just another of the world's countries.

    • A jet carrying the Bolivian president is on its way home after being forced to land at Vienna airport because of the refusal of some European countries to let it pass through their airspace. Eva Morales was returning from a visit to Moscow. He called it "an excuse to scare, intimidate and punish me".

    • Morales was stranded at the airport for 14 hours amid suspicions that the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board his plane. Both the Bolivian and Austrian authorities insisted Snowden was not on the plane, although the extent to which the Austrian police officers searched the jet was unclear.

    • An Austrian official told AP that Morales's aircraft asked controllers at Vienna airport to land because there was "no clear indication" that the plane had enough fuel to continue on its journey. This tallies with audio posted online purporting to be of a conversation between the jet pilot and the control room at the airport.

    • The Austrian government said it was given permission by Morales to search the plane but Bolivia's vice-president Alvaro Garcia denied this, saying the jet was entitled to immunity. He said Morales had been "kidnapped by imperialism", while the Bolivian foreign minister, David Choquehuanca, accused France and Portugal of putting the president's life at risk by cancelling authorisation for the plane.

    • Bolivia's ambassador to the UN, Sacha Llorenti Soliz France, said Portugal, Spain and Italy "violated international law" by blocking Morales's plane, adding that "the orders came from the United States". AP quoted French and Spanish officials denying that they had refused entry but Spanish officials did not comment on the Bolivian claim that they made searching the plane a condition of refuelling in the Canary Islands.

    • A number of South American leaders voiced outrage at the incident, including the Argentinian president Cristina Kirchner and Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador.

    • Latin American presidents plan an emergency meeting today to discuss the diversion of the plane. The time of the meeting of Unasur (the Union of South American Nations) has not been revealed.

    • Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino says Ecuador has found a hidden microphone inside its London embassy, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is living, and it will disclose today who controls the device. Patino described it as "another instance of a loss of ethics at the international level in relations between governments".
  2. Sad day to see US fall to this level.
  3. But nobody there. lol

    Obama must want this guy bad huh.
  4. pspr


    If he wants leakers so bad why doesn't he look around the White House. There are plenty of them there.
  5. BSAM


    Obama despises those who tell the truth.
  6. BSAM


    This is why he works to keep Eric Holder out of prison and wants to put Edward Snowden in prison.
  7. Banjo


  8. tortoise


    Imagine how Bush 41 would have handled this.

    Been a long time since we had a pro in office.
  9. pspr


    We have a pro in the white house. Unfortunately for us his talents are in manipulation, obfuscation, deception and outright lying.
  10. You mean CIA Bush? Well Israel would have granted Snowden asylum and we never would have seen him again.:cool:
    #10     Jul 3, 2013