MEXICO CITY -- Latin American leaders expressed outrage Wednesday at decisions that forced a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales to make an unscheduled landing in Austria, amid suspicions that U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden might be on board.
“This is EXTREMELY serious,” Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador, wrote on his Twitter account.
Ecuador was one of the first countries that Snowden, the former National Security Agency contract worker who is apparently still holed up in Moscow’s international airport, appealed to for refuge. But Ecuador has said it cannot consider an asylum plea until Snowden is on Ecuadorean territory, which would include its embassy.
“Either we graduated from being colonies, or we must claim our independence, sovereignty and dignity,” Correa tweeted. “We are all Bolivia!”
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner echoed those sentiments and called for an urgent meeting of South American presidents to forge a protest. “Tomorrow will be a long, difficult day,” she wrote in a post late Tuesday. “Be calm. They will not [be allowed to] do this.”