CIA’s efforts to get Evo Morales as annoyed as possible seemed very weird in their sheer aimlessness. There was absolutely no chance that Snowden was jet-setting around Europe by Morales’s side, so why was there such a rush to antagonize the Bolivian president? May antagonizing him have been the goal of the CIA?
Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, on Saturday said that he would offer Edward Snowden asylum if asked. He joins the presidents of Venezuela and Nicaragua in that offer.
Morales said that he made the decision as a just protest against his own treatment last week, when his jet was denied overflight rights in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy as he returned from energy discussions in Moscow. He was forced to divert to Vienna, and says the Spanish ambassador to Austria demanded to search his plane. . .
The US intelligence bright idea of telling Western European allies that Snowden was on the Bolivian jet has therefore backfired.
Or did it? Maybe this was the plan all along. The longer Snowden sits in Sheremetievo making news, the more embarrassing the whole thing gets for Obama. Getting Snowden to move from Russia to a small, internationally insignificant and non-threatening Bolivia would make the situation somewhat better for the US President.
I freely confess, however, that my analysis is heavily influenced by my need to see the US’s actions in this case as less stupid than they seem to be. I’d accept pretty much any conspiracy theory rather than believe that this presidency is as impotent and useless as it looks in the Snowden affair.