According to Reuters, the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has canned an upcoming trip to the United States over allegations of spying. In what comes as quite a revelation, the Brazilian leader claims that the U.S. were responsible for snooping in on her own confidential communications, as well as those of many other Brazilian citizens.
President Barack Obama attempted to mend the two countries’ broken relationship by holding a 20-minute telephone conversation, this Monday night. In spite of this negotiation, the trip remains on hold.
Responding to the latest developments, the White House maintain the decision was a reciprocally agreed postponement. However, neither party is dismissing the possibility of an impromptu visit taking place, in the near future.
The relationship between America and Brazil had been steadily improving in recent years, up until the latest National Security Agency scandal. A series of documents, leaked by the infamous ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, revealed that the United States had been spying on a number of its key allies; this included Brazilian public, President Dilma Rousseff and several of her aides.
In a candid statement, the Brazilian government explained their stance on the matter:
“Illegal surveillance practices intercepting the communication and data of citizens, companies and members of the Brazilian government constitute a serious affront to national sovereignty and individual rights, and are incompatible with democratic cooperation between friendly nations.”
This has also heightened tensions amongst the Brazilian people, who already believe the United States desires to exploit a recent deep-water supply of oil, found just off the Atlantic coast.
The United States could also suffer economic losses, if relations are not repaired expediently. Boeing has recently been trying to negotiate the sale of 36 F-18 fighter jets, as part of a new defense contract to the Brazilian Air Force. However, with the situation as it stands, this deal may never be struck.
By: James Fenner