POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 8:01am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is seeking asylum all over the world, and now one of those countries is furious with the U.S.
Bolivia's president was at a meeting in Russia, and had an extra-long flight home thanks to what his government calls lies from our State Department.
The Bolivian president's plane was grounded in Austria... After France and Portugal refused to let him fly through their airspace amid rumors that Edward Snowden was on that plane.
Bolivia's furious, saying the U.S. was behind those rumors.
Snowden has applied for asylum in Bolivia, and nearly two dozen other countries.
The State Department has been on the phone urging them all to say no. "We have been very clear, and we feel the same way today, that he should be returned here," said State Department Spokeswoman, Jen Psaki.
Analysts say pressure from the U.S. may derail Snowden's efforts. "We are the big guy on the block so if we start having sanctions[,] it could have a profound effect on those countries," said Former Ambassador to Egypt, Israel & the UAE, Edward Walker.
Meantime Snowden's latest leak - that the U.S. bugged its allies' phones has led to a top-down search at the European Union.
Technicians are checking for wires, and leaders demanding answers. "If these news are proven true, this would be very disturbing and raise serious and very important concerns," said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Snowden's believed to still be holed up in Moscow's airport... In limbo while the U.S. deals with the fallout of his allegations.
Today begins day 11 that Snowden's believed to be holed up in the transit zone of Moscow's airport.