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President Obama’s counterparts in South American are demanding apologies over this week’s Bolivian plane incident.

South America’s leftist leaders are rallying behind Bolivian President Evo Morales after his plane was re-routed because of suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was aboard.

The presidents demanded apologies from France, Italy, Portugal and Spain over the blocking of air space for Morales’ plane, and many said the United State was behind the whole incident.

“A minster of one of those European governments told me personally that it was the CIA who gave the order to the aeronautical authorities, the one who gave the alert that Snowden was on the plane,” saidVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a political gathering in Bolivia. “The CIA is more powerful that governments.”

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