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Current Event Cat of the Day: Bolivian President’s Jet

Current EVent Cat - Bolivian President Jet

Bolivian President Evo Morales’s jet was diverted overnight and searched on suspicion of harbouring fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Spoiler alert: He wasn’t onboard.

In what became an international goose chase, Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Austria after a rumour started that Snowden was on board. The Bolivian President’s jet took off from Moscow and was scheduled to land in Spain to refuel before heading back to Bolivia. But the jet had to be rerouted to Vienna after France, Portugal, and Spain all denied his plane access to their airspace. The plane was then searched with Morales’s permission and spent 13 hours overnight on the tarmac at the Vienna airport.

That’s what Evo Morales gets for making an offhand suggestion in Moscow that you might be willing to take in a US fugitive who currently resides in the Moscow airport!

Needless to say, Evo Morales and his Bolivian buddies were not happy campers.

“We don’t know who invented this big lie,” Bolivia’s foreign minister said of the Snowden rumors. “We want to express our displeasure, because this has put the president’s life at risk.

Evo Morales said presidents should have the right to travel anywhere in the world and likened the incident to “a kidnapping of 13 hours”. What a baby!

Meanwhile, France, Spain and Portugal are calling bullshit, insisting their airspace was open to the jet. But Bolivia’s UN envoy Sacha Llorenti won’t let it go, saying the plane was denied permission to fly through the countries’ airspace at the bidding of the U.S. 

“We have no doubt that it was an order from the White House… For no reason whatsoever should a diplomatic plane with a president [inside] be diverted from its route and forced to land in another country,” Llorenti said.

There’s only one thing Bolivia can do to the U.S that will enrage them as much as the plane fiasco enraged Evo Morales: go back to Russia, pick up Snowden, and this time pack enough fuel to make it all the way to Bolivia.

Via: The New York Times & Current Event Cats 

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