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Bolivia plane incident infuriates Latin America

  • Bolivia's President Evo Morales, center, enters his plane at Vienna's Schwechat airport, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The plane of Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, Bolivian officials said Tuesday. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane, which was taking Morales home from a summit in Russia, where he had suggested that his government would be willing to consider granting asylum to the American. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)

    Bolivia's President Evo Morales, center, enters his plane at Vienna's Schwechat airport, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The plane of Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, Bolivian officials said Tuesday. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane, which was taking Morales home from a summit in Russia, where he had suggested that his government would be willing to consider granting asylum to the American. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)

  • Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales shout slogans and wave Bolivian flags with a sign that reads in Spanish "Bolivia dignified and sovereign" as they protest outside France's embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales shout slogans and wave Bolivian flags with a sign that reads in Spanish "Bolivia dignified and sovereign" as they protest outside France's embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • An Aymara indigenous man burns representations of France's national flag outside the French embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    An Aymara indigenous man burns representations of France's national flag outside the French embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • Bolivia's President Evo Morales talks to reporters at Vienna's Schwechat airport, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The plane of Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, Bolivian officials said Tuesday. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane, which was taking Morales home from a summit in Russia, where he had suggested that his government would be willing to consider granting asylum to the American. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)

    Bolivia's President Evo Morales talks to reporters at Vienna's Schwechat airport, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The plane of Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, Bolivian officials said Tuesday. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane, which was taking Morales home from a summit in Russia, where he had suggested that his government would be willing to consider granting asylum to the American. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)

  • Police stand guard outside France's embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Police stand guard outside France's embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • A Zuleta indigeneous woman shouts in support of Bolivia's President Evo Morales in front of the Spanish Embassy protesting over various European countries' alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over their airspace, in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. According to Bolivian officials, the plane carrying Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

    A Zuleta indigeneous woman shouts in support of Bolivia's President Evo Morales in front of the Spanish Embassy protesting over various European countries' alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over their airspace, in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. According to Bolivian officials, the plane carrying Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

  • Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales shout and wave Bolivian flags outside France's embassy as they protest in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales shout and wave Bolivian flags outside France's embassy as they protest in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • An Aymara woman adds a stone to the barricade forming at the front gate of the French embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    An Aymara woman adds a stone to the barricade forming at the front gate of the French embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • An Aymara woman adds a stone to the barricade forming at the front gate of the French embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    An Aymara woman adds a stone to the barricade forming at the front gate of the French embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales shout and wave Bolivian and indigenous flags outside France's embassy as they protest in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales shout and wave Bolivian and indigenous flags outside France's embassy as they protest in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • A demonstrator holds a sign that reads in Spanish: "France; Racist, hypocrite and fascist," outside the French embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    A demonstrator holds a sign that reads in Spanish: "France; Racist, hypocrite and fascist," outside the French embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • Bolivia's President Evo Morales, center, enters his plane at Vienna's Schwechat airport, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The plane of Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, Bolivian officials said Tuesday. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane, which was taking Morales home from a summit in Russia, where he had suggested that his government would be willing to consider granting asylum to the American. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
  • Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales shout slogans and wave Bolivian flags with a sign that reads in Spanish "Bolivia dignified and sovereign" as they protest outside France's embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • An Aymara indigenous man burns representations of France's national flag outside the French embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • Bolivia's President Evo Morales talks to reporters at Vienna's Schwechat airport, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. The plane of Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, Bolivian officials said Tuesday. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane, which was taking Morales home from a summit in Russia, where he had suggested that his government would be willing to consider granting asylum to the American. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
  • Police stand guard outside France's embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • A Zuleta indigeneous woman shouts in support of Bolivia's President Evo Morales in front of the Spanish Embassy protesting over various European countries' alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over their airspace, in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. According to Bolivian officials, the plane carrying Morales was rerouted to Austria after various European countries refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
  • Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales shout and wave Bolivian flags outside France's embassy as they protest in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • An Aymara woman adds a stone to the barricade forming at the front gate of the French embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • An Aymara woman adds a stone to the barricade forming at the front gate of the French embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • Supporters of Bolivia's President Evo Morales shout and wave Bolivian and indigenous flags outside France's embassy as they protest in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. Officials in both Austria and Bolivia said that Snowden was not on the plane. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • A demonstrator holds a sign that reads in Spanish: "France; Racist, hypocrite and fascist," outside the French embassy during a protest over France's alleged refusal to let the Bolivian president's plane cross over French airspace, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bolivia's Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca says the plane bringing President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria after France and Portugal refused to let it to cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The European rerouting of the Bolivian presidential plane over suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was aboard ignited outrage yesterday among Latin American leaders who called it a stunning violation of national sovereignty and disrespect for the region.

But as President Evo Morales headed home after an unplanned 14-hour layover in Vienna, there was no immediate sign that Latin American anger would translate into a rush to bring Snowden to the region that had been seen as likeliest to defy the United States and give him asylum.

Snowden was still believed to be in the transit area of Moscow’s international airport. As his case grinds on, it appears to illustrate the strength of U.S. influence, despite the initial sense that the Obama administration lost control of the situation when China allowed Snowden to flee Hong Kong.

Morales originally planned to fly home from a Moscow summit via Western Europe, stopping in Lisbon, Portugal and Guyana to refuel. His plane was diverted to Vienna on Tuesday night after his government said France, Spain and Portugal all refused to let it through their airspace because they suspected Snowden was on board. Spain’s ambassador to Austria even tried to make his way onto the plane on the pretext of having a coffee to check that Snowden wasn’t there, Morales said.

Austrian officials said Morales’s plane was searched early yesterday. Bolivian and Austrian officials both said Snowden was not on board.

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