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Spain Told That Snowden Was on Bolivian Plane

Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 12:15 PM ET
Spain's Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo
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Spain's Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo

Spain says it and other European countries were told that fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden was aboard the Bolivian presidential plane that was diverted to Austria this week, causing a diplomatic row.

Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo said Friday on Spanish National Television "they told us that the information was clear, that he was inside."

The minister did not say who supplied the information and declined to say whether he had been in contact with the United States. But he said the reactions of European countries were based on the intelligence.

Bolivia President Evo Morales claims that Washington pressured European countries to deny the plane flyover permission Tuesday on suspicion that Snowden was using the flight as part of his bid to seek asylum.

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