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Bolivian President's plane diverted over suspicion Snowden on board

Jaikumar Vijayan | July 3, 2013
Bolivia-bound plane forced to land in Austria after France, Portugal close airspace to plane believing secret document-leaker was aboard

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, Ecuador's President, Rafeal Correa, expressed regret over his country's role in providing temporary travel papers to Snowden after the U.S. had revoked his passport. Snowden has accused the U.S. of exerting unfair pressure on other nation's to turn him over.

In a statement on Wikileaks, Snowden pointed to a statement by President Barack Obama that the U.S. government will not engage in diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" to get him back to the United States. "Yet know it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions," Snowden said in the statement.


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