The president of Bolivia's plane was forced to land in Austria, after authorities heard word that Edward Snowden was on board.
Evo Morales is furious with the European country, claiming the search of his aircraft was unwarranted, and that local officials carried out instructions given to them by the United States.
A high-ranking Bolivian diplomat blamed Austria of "kidnapping" President Morales, saying that the United States has been so desperate to nab the former intelligence analyst after he revealed government-backed spy programs, that the Western nation is willing to encroach upon internationals.
"We're talking about the president on an official trip after an official summit being kidnapped," Bolivian ambassador to the United Nations, Sacha Llorenti Soliz, told Reuters in Geneva. "We have no doubt that it was an order from the White House. By no means should a diplomatic plane with the president be diverted from its route and forced to land in another country."
The plane was headed home to Bolivia following meeting on in Moscow on energy. After landing for a search in the Vienna airport, President Morales' carrier was grounded for a few hours, stoking his dissatisfaction with the entire situation. Additionally, both Portugal and France said his plane was not allowed to fly through their airspace.
After the search, officials found that Snowden was not, in fact, on the plane. The aircraft went back into the sky at about 12 p.m. local time, Wednesday.
30-year-old Snowden is still thought to be hiding out in the Moscow airport, where he has stayed since June 23, scrambling to find a country where he can seek refuge.
Bolivia announced that it will be putting in a formal complaint at the United Nations, calling the act an aggressive violation of international law.
Austrian officials claimed that Morales gave the go-ahead for an inspection of the carrier.
Bolivia is one of more than a dozen countries where Snowden has applied for asylum. Morales has stated that he would think about giving the American a space in his country if asked.
United States president Barack Obama advised the international community that any country housing Snowden would face serious problems.