Even though the governments in question have all denied it, even though Evo Morales is known for exaggeration, animosity to the U.S., and many lies, several media outlets have yet to retract the construction that he was detained due to rumors of Edward Snowden. Few have printed updates or retractions of the fictional story they printed last week without verifying facts.
Even this story continues the notion that he was denied permission to travel through some countries airspace, when that Morales claim has been denied by all of the countries in question.
Austrian officials did not search Bolivia’s presidential jet for fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Austria’s president said, seeking to defuse a diplomatic tussle over the incident.
One airport officer did board the aircraft on Tuesday to find out why it had landed in Vienna reporting technical problems, but “there was no formal inspection”, Austrian President Heinz Fischer told Kurier newspaper.
Fischer’s comments, published on Sunday, appeared aimed at untangling contradictory accounts of how Bolivian President Evo Morales was treated as he flew home from a conference in Moscow last week.
Bolivia protested after several European countries refused to allow the aircraft to pass through their airspace, amid speculation Morales was taking Snowden to Latin America.
Diplomatic tensions heightened after the plane landed in Vienna and Austrian officials initially said they got official permission to inspect the aircraft for Snowden, who is wanted for leaking details of U.S. surveillance programs. Bolivia insisted no such inspection took place.