Bolivia Threatens to Close US Embassy over Snowden

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A strange sideshow in the case of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden emerged Friday as Bolivia's President Evo Morales threatened to close the U.S. Embassy.

Morales made the announcement Thursday following a meeting with other South American leaders. He said Washington pressured several European countries to disallow his plane to fly through their airspace Tuesday, forcing it to land in Vienna.

He was returning from a meeting in Russia where he reportedly said he would consider Snowden's request for asylum.

While on the ground, Spain's ambassador to Austria and two of the embassy's staff asked to search the plane. Morales did not give them permission.

It was believed that Snowden, the NSA leaker wanted by the United States on espionage charges, could have been on board when the plane left Moscow.

"Being united will defeat American imperialism," Morales said Thursday. "We met with the leaders of my party and they asked us for several measures and, if necessary, we will close the embassy of the United States. We do not need the embassy of the United States."

Several other Latin American leaders are joining Morales in his complaint that the incident was a violation of international law and national sovereignty.

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