Bolivia threatens U.S. embassy closing after Snowden search

Bloomberg reports: Bolivia threatened to close the U.S. embassy as presidents from across the region met to show solidarity with President Evo Morales after the global manhunt for fugitive leaker Edward Snowden diverted his flight.

“We don’t need them, we’ve got other allies,” Morales, 53, said yesterday at an emergency summit of Latin American leaders in the highland Bolivian town of Cochabamba. “We don’t need the pretext of cooperation and diplomatic relations so that they can come and spy on us.”

Presidents from Argentina, Ecuador, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela met with Morales to demand Spain, France, Portugal and Italy apologize and explain why they denied the Bolivian leader’s presidential jet permission to fly through their airspace July 2. The incident led the plane to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fuel gauge stopped working correctly, Morales said.

The group called for a new meeting of South American presidents on July 12 in Montevideo, Uruguay to discuss further retaliation against the European countries for the “flagrant violation” of international law, according to a statement read by Bolivia’s Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca at the end of the meeting yesterday. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Chile’s Sebastian Pinera, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Peru’s Ollanta Humala skipped the summit.

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3 thoughts on “Bolivia threatens U.S. embassy closing after Snowden search

  1. BillVZ

    Spain’s foreign minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, said on Thursday that Spain did not bar Morales from landing in its territory. (It did but they relented and allowed it to refuel before going on to Vienna.) On Spanish National Television on Friday he said that “they told us that the information was clear, that he was inside”.
    Oh, despite clear, trustworthy information from (?) Morales was still allowed to fly on to Vienna where the Spanish ambassador to Austria with two embassy personnel requesed to search the plane in order to verify that information that ‘they said ‘was absolute.
    Is there a special school for diplomatic personnel worldwide- like The School of the America’s for military, that they train foreign diplomats in obfuscation and prevarication? This guy is for real!

  2. Norman

    They were just carrying out orders from above. Should check out that fuel gauge to see if it was correct. Oh, if the plane was allowed to refuel in Spain, then why was it necessary to fly on to Vienna, which was out of the way, or is my geography all screwed up?

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