Bolivia's President Evo Morales raises his fist during a welcome ceremony for presidents attending an extraordinary meeting in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Thursday, July 4, 2013. Leaders of Uruguay, Ecuador, Surinam, Argentina and Venezuela are meeting in Bolivia Thursday in support of Morales, who said Thursday that the rerouting of his plane in Europe, over suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was on board was a plot by the U.S. to intimidate him and other Latin American leaders. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Saturday, July 06, 2013 12:32 pm
Bolivia joins allies to offer asylum for Snowden
The Associated Press
Bolivian President Evo Morales says Snowden is welcome in his country. He said Saturday he is making the offer as a protest against the U.S. and European nations he accuses of temporarily blocking his flight home from a Moscow summit because they suspected his might have Snowden on board.
Morales follows Presidents Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega in making the offer. He'd earlier said he was willing to consider asylum for Snowden, the same position taken by Ecuador, which is another of Bolivia's leftist Latin American allies.
Morales did not say if he has received a formal petition for asylum from Snowden.