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Bolivia fury after presidential jet diverted over Snowden row

Bolivian President Evo Morales flew out of Austria on Wednesday after police inspected his jet and found that fugitive US leaker Edward Snowden was not on board in an incident that has sparked a diplomatic row. Morales lashed out at European countries for denying his jet entry into their airspace overnight, dragging his country into the escalating US spying scandal. "I am not a delinquent," Morales told reporters at Vienna airport where his plane was held up for more than 12 hours.

Snowden not on Morales jet in Vienna

Austria insisted Wednesday that US fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was not on board Bolivian President Evo Morales's jet, which was diverted to Vienna overnight, but said it did not search the plane. Morales's plane "landed around 9:40pm (1940 GMT) from Moscow, passports were checked and contrary to rumours that have circulated, Edward Snowden was not on board," interior ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told AFP.

Snowden not on Morales jet in Vienna

Austria insisted Wednesday that fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was not on board Bolivian President Evo Morales's plane, which made a stopover in Vienna during the night. Evo Morales's plane "landed around 9:40pm (1940 GMT) from Moscow, passports were checked and contrary to rumours that have circulated, Edward Snowden was not on board," interior ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told AFP. The plane was however not searched, its passengers simply going through a passport check, he said.

Bolivian president's jet diverted over Snowden suspicions

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's struggle to find a safe haven sparked a diplomatic row Wednesday after Bolivia President Evo Morales's plane was diverted to Austria over suspicions he was on board.

Bolivia outraged as Snowden row diverts Morales jet

Bolivia voiced outrage that its president had been held up in Europe over suspicion that fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was aboard his homeward-bound plane. President Evo Morales had been in Moscow, where Snowden is holed up at the airport, attending a meeting of energy producing countries. He told Russian media Tuesday his country would consider granting the 30-year-old intelligence contractor asylum.

Bolivia says Morales' plane diverted, apparently over Snowden

LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia said President Evo Morales' plane was forced to land in Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused air permits, apparently because they suspected it was carrying Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor wanted by Washington on espionage charges. Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca furiously accused France and Portugal of putting Morales' life at risk and insisted that Snowden was not on Morales' plane.

Bolivia FM denies Snowden on Morales plane

Bolivia's foreign minister on Tuesday denied that fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was traveling with President Evo Morales in his plane, which was forced to land in Austria. The minister, David Choquehuanca, told reporters France and Portugal had closed their airspace to the presidential plane over the "huge lie" that Snowden was on board. Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra said Italy closed its airspace as well.

Bolivia FM denies Snowden on Morales plane

Bolivia's foreign minister on Tuesday denied that fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was traveling with President Evo Morales in his plane, which was forced to land in Austria. The minister, David Choquehuanca, told reporters France and Portugal had closed their airspace to the presidential plane over the "huge lie" that Snowden was on board. Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra said Italy closed its airspace as well.

Bolivia FM denies Snowden on Morales plane

Bolivia's foreign minister on Tuesday denied that fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was traveling with President Evo Morales in his plane, which was forced to land in Austria. The minister, David Choquehuanca, told reporters France and Portugal had closed their airspace to the presidential plane over the "huge lie" that Snowden was on board. Morales had been on a visit to Moscow, where Snowden -- who is facing espionage charges in the United States -- has been holed up in an airport transit area for more than a week.

Bolivia FM denies Snowden on Morales plane

Bolivia's foreign minister on Tuesday denied that fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was traveling with President Evo Morales in his plane, which made an unscheduled landing in Austria. The minister, David Choquehuanca, told reporters France and Portugal had closed their airspace to the presidential plane over the "huge lie" that Snowden was on board. Morales had been on a visit to Moscow, where Snowden -- who is facing espionage charges in the United States -- has been holed up in an airport transit area for more than a week.
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