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Airliner rerouted because Snowden believed on board

LA PAZ, Bolivia -- The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, the country's foreign minister said.

Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca denied that Snowden was on the plane, which landed in Vienna, and said France and Portugal would have to explain why they canceled authorization for the plane.

Morales had earlier met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. In an interview with Russia Today television, Morales said that his country would be willing to consider granting asylum to Snowden. -- AP

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