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Bolivian President Evo Morales Furious with Barack Obama Over Snowden Search, May Close US Embassy

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Jul 05, 2013 01:05 PM EDT | Jonathan Lambert

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U.S. President Barack Obama (C), flanked by Vice President Joe Biden (L) and House Speaker John Boehner (D-OH), delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 12, 2013. (Photo : Reuters)

Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, is furious with Barack Obama. The outspoken Latin-America leader blames Obama for grounding his plane and searching for Edward Snowden. Now, it appears that Mr. Morales will be closing the US Embassy in Bolivia.

The controversy first erupted when Evo Morales was not allowed to travel through several countries’ airspace, causing the plan to be rerouted mid-flight. France and Portugal refused to allow the plan to pass through their country, as initially planned, for fear that Snowden was aboard the craft.

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Austria did allow Morales to land in their country, however, things did not go according to plan when he landed. His plane was thoroughly searched by Austrian officials. No signs of Snowden were found.

Bolivia will be filing a formal complaint at the UN as they view this as an act of aggression. The country isn’t just blaming the U.S, either. They are pointing fingers at every country which denied them passage, a list that consists of--France, Portugal, Spain and Italy.

Since Mr. Morales returned home, he has called a summit of Latin-America countries. The South-American leaders are as furious as Mr. Morales, including Cristina Fernandez.

Mrs. Fernandez is the first elected female president of Argentina, a post she still holds. She issued the following statement in response to the treatment of Morales:

"I'm asking those who violated the law in calm but serious manner, to take responsibility for the errors made, it's the least they can do to apologise for once in their life, to say they're sorry for what they've done."

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had harsher words:

"Europe broke all the rules of the game. We're here to tell president Evo Morales that he can count on us. Whoever picks a fight with Bolivia, picks a fight with Venezuela."

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