LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales' flight home from Russia has been rerouted to Austria because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board.
Bolivia's foreign minister says France and Portugal refused to allow Morales' plane to cross their airspace.
The foreign minister (David Choquehuanca) denied that Snowden was on the plane. The aircraft landed in Vienna. The minister denounced the international community, saying the incident was an injustice based on a lie.
Morales had been in Moscow for a summit of major gas exporters in the Kremlin. He also met with President Vladimir Putin. Snowden is believed to be in a Moscow airport transit area, seeking asylum from one of more than a dozen countries.
Snowden, a former NSA systems analyst, disclosed the NSA's sweeping data collection of U.S. phone records and some Internet traffic. Intelligence officials have said the programs are aimed at targeting foreigners and terrorist suspects mostly overseas.