Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Brazil: Update--Rousseff's Visit to Washington May Be in Jeopardy As a Result of NSA Spying

According to EFE, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s scheduled state visit to the United States next month may be in jeopardy as a result of media revelations that Washington's National Security Agency (NSA) spied on her.

President Rousseff will be attending the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg this week, but reportedly there are no plans for a bilateral meeting between Presidents Obama and Rousseff, which is an indication of the Brazilian government's indignation of the spying by a "friendly" nation. 

COMMENT: The Brazilian government has requested in writing an explanation from the US as to why Washington intercepted telephone calls and emails of President Rousseff. 

Brazilian foreign minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo summoned US Ambassador Thomas Shannon on Monday (September) 2 to discuss the matter. “I made it clear that the violation of the president’s communications is inadmissible, unacceptable, and constitutes a violation of Brazilian sovereignty,” the minister said of his meeting with the US envoy.

NSA’s targeting of Rousseff “clearly exceeded the limit of the struggle against terrorism,” Brazilian Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardoso said, referring to Washington’s public rationale for pervasive global electronic surveillance.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.