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Bolivia wants EU ambassadors to reveal who said Snowden was aboard Morales plane

Tuesday, July 9th 2013 - 06:26 UTC
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Bolivia demanded France, Portugal, Spain and Italy reveal who told them that former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was aboard President Evo Morales' flight from Moscow last week. Read full article


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  • reality check

    Hu! Nope. Ecuadors interference in the judicial process of the United Kingdom!

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 07:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Mr. Assange in the Ecuador Embassy. No interference by Ecuador in UK's legal system ?

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 09:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zool

    Now we know why the Euro governments wanted Snowden so bad, His latest revelations are specifically about them & their governments participation in the spying program despite the initial denials & condemnation of the US/UK from their leaders it looks like they are all guilty.

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 09:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    What guilty of spying???

    Never, that is shocking!!!

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 10:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • andy65

    Bolivia “DEMANDED” LoL never a good start to make demands in that way the USA must be shaking with fear.

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 10:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @2 What? Ecuador is giving shelter to a criminal. A criminal who should, long before now, have been extradited to Sweden on the orders of a UK court after every available UK legal avenue had been explored. And he's a criminal because he's in breach of his bail conditions.
    @3 There may be a few “governments” in the world that don't indulge in espionage. Nauru perhaps. Or Tuvalu. So this “shocked” indignation by various LatAm countries is just play-acting for the populace.

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 11:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    “It's the first case of state terrorism against a president, against a nation, against a people. That's what we're talking about now.”

    How can it be 'terrorism' if it is carried out by a whole state; surely this is better described as 'war' without a declaration.

    I believe I'm correct in thinking the last time it happened that a whole country went for a president was with Saddam - but that was made legal by the UN.

    Many nations have undertaken undeclared war-like actions on 'presidents' /countries: Japan did it at Pearl Harbour, Argentina did it in the Falklands, China did it in Tibet, etc, etc.

    The USA is just following a well-trodden path in going for a president of a sovereign state .. and it has not done this recently in South America.
    Perhaps we have just been lulled into believing better of the USA ... and its European friends.

    There will be some sort of apology in the fullness of time. I doubt that it will be accepted by Bolivia; and the world's weaker nations will certainly have taken a message different to that the USA intended.

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 11:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Yes, you can bet a few have already told them to fuck off and grow up.

    As for Cowpat himself he is simply doing what he does best: playing the grand twat.

    At least the UK are out of it for now!

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 12:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    @2. He jealous because Ed the Intern is getting all the attention these days.

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 01:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @7 A “war”? You mean like the undeclared economic war argieland is prosecuting against the Falkland Islands? In breach, and defiance, of the UN Charter? At the end of the day, don't whinge when others do to you what others do what “you” do. Ecuador interferes in UK judicial process. Argieland invades peaceful island community, starts war, plans further invasion and war against neighbouring country and now conducts illegal economic war, Bolivia seeks to aid criminal fugitive, Venezuela seeks to aid criminal fugitive. LatAm, the home of terrorist criminality!

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 01:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    And of course 2013 Argentina does not spy at all towards the Falklands and UK to see what we are doing and and plan to do!
    There sure are some naive fantasy wet eyed idiots in the world. Every country spies on somebody - for their own commercial and political interests - just as business do! Get real.

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 01:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    I will bet that there are least one, two or three of your South American Islanders that send regular reports to BA.

    Go has far as to say, they probably work at MPA, drivers, mess orderlies, cleaners etc.

    All this holier than though response to espionage, I mean, for the love of mike, it is not has if it is a new phenomenon.

    Bloody hell, anyone ever heard of Judas?

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 02:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Livin_for_a_better_Uruguay

    @10, i don't understand, if you hate LatAm so much, why look at news and post comments on those news about LatAm?Makes no sense to look at something you dislike...

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 05:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • A_Voice

    Oh he can say the things .......he is about to say to you!

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 05:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anbar

    “”“”@2 What? Ecuador is giving shelter to a criminal.“”“”

    has he been convicted of anything yet? (Other than being a tit)

    What a bunch of drama Queens

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 06:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    What she wants / demands, and what she gets /receives,
    Are two entirely different things?

    From my point of view I would say,
    If these countries like Bolivia can swear that they have never / now / or ever intends to spy on others, then they may have a case for being upset,

    But if these countries have ever spied on others then surely it the kettle calling the pot black,
    And thus should be told to Soddy offy.

    Just my opinion..

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 06:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gordo1

    Countries like Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, should follow the examples of the more mature nations of the sub continent - Colombia, México and Chile come to mind - and remember that diplomacy is an “art”. He who shouts loudest is usually ignored because usually he is wrong in his assumptions.

    Jul 09th, 2013 - 07:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Yes, Gordo, diplomacy IS an art.

    And downing a foreign president's plane - with the president in it! - is a special sort of art-form.

    If 'Bolivia wants EU ambassadors to reveal who said Snowden was aboard Morales plane' is unedifying shouting back, then it is quite understandable.

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 09:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    18 GeoffWard2 (#)
    Jul 10th, 2013 - 09:27 am

    Why the insistance on the “downing” of Evito's plane? The pilot asked for authorization to land in Vienna because of a problem with a fuel guage!!!!!!

    That sounds like “auto-downing” to me!!!!!!!!

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 03:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    @19 Oh shucks, there go those Ryanair flight attendants again, doing their job siphoning the gas out of other people's planes into their own.

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 03:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirate Love

    “Bolivia wants EU ambassadors to reveal who said Snowden was aboard Morales plane” does NO grab you.

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 04:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Surely Morales only needs to check the voice recorder on his plane to find out ...

    “Hello President Morales' plane.
    This definitely is not the Head of the CIA speaking.
    You will find that certain European countries have closed their airspace to you. We .. sorry, the USA .. definitely not ask them to.
    You are directed to set down at Vienna airport because in 30 seconds time you will have a problem with your fuel guage.
    You will be met by specialists in black glasses who will check to make sure there are no other problems with your plane.
    Have a nice day, y'all”

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 08:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    very creative piece of fiction you that from liquor you drink of the wold weed you smoke? Either one is obviously not too good for you. Stick to your day job.

    Jul 10th, 2013 - 10:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Yes but a secret is emerging that if Cowpat did not get the answer he wished, Bolivian agents in Europe would infiltrate the EU and make everyone that did not talk, have a hairstyle like his-so someone will squeal eventually.

    Jul 12th, 2013 - 12:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    From the BBC website

    Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has met rights groups and lawyers at a Moscow airport, in his first appearance in three weeks.

    In a statement, Mr Snowden said he was requesting asylum in Russia because he was unable to travel to Latin America, where Venezuela had granted him asylum.
    “Mr Snowden could hypothetically stay in Russia if he first, completely stops the activities harming our American partners and US-Russian relations and, second, if he asks for this himself,” President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

    Jul 12th, 2013 - 03:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    This will be interesting to see if Putin will take him in. He was none to pleased to have him there in the first place.
    It is always easy for a politician to verbally bashed another country, in the case the USA. But the reality is Russia cannot afford to have actually bad relations with the USA. Russia knows it, just as venezuela and chubby knew it. Regardless of what chubby did publicly....his actions in the trade business with the USA told a different story.

    Jul 12th, 2013 - 03:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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