|Published:||Jul 03, 2013 12:03 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 03, 2013 12:03 AM EDT|
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Austria says Edward Snowden was not on the plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales (EH'-voh mohr-AHL'-ays) home from a summit in Russia that was forced to make a detour to Vienna.
The NSA leaker has applied for asylum in 20 countries, including Bolivia. He's believed to have been holed up in a transit area of Moscow airport for several days, and suspicions that he might have boarded Morales' plane Tuesday prompted France and Portugal to bar the aircraft from crossing their airspace.
Bolivia's foreign minister demanded an explanation from Paris and Lisbon, claiming their canceled authorization of the plane's original path had put the president's life at risk. The plane diverted Austria, where its crew was making a new flight plan.
Bolivia's defense minister called the incident "a plot by the U.S. to destroy" Morales' image.
The Bolivian president has suggested that his government would be willing to consider granting asylum to Snowden.
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