Backlash continues to follow the Edward Snowden controversy as Brazil announced that the U.S. spied on the administration of President Dilma Rousseff. Brazil contends the act breached international treaty and was an invasion upon their government. “It was an inadmissible and unacceptable violation of sovereignty,” said Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo and Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo to a press conference after an emergency meeting with Rousseff.
The Brazilian government demanded White House response to the offense perpetrated by the NSA and is awaiting U.S. government officials’ response. Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo and Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo spoke with reporters saying they await an on paper reply from the U.S. about the spying incident and will take necessary actions if required.
Brazil has vowed to express their disdain with what the U.S. has done by presenting it to international meet groups. Explanations from authorities, such as U.S. ambassador Thomas Shannon, proved ineffective to Brazilian officials in dropping the matter. Brazilian officials have given Shannon until Friday to respond officially to the incident.
It is clear Brazil was spied on by U.S. officials and it seems the overreach by the U.S. will be highly scrutinized on the international level. Cardozo made statments saying the U.S. spying activities on the Brazilian president annihilated ties between the two nations, damaging alliances. Figueiredo expressly desires the spying activities of the U.S. to face justice.
“We will be talking with our partners, both developed nations and emerging ones, such as those in BRICS, because we believe this involves all of us, affects all of us,” Figueiredo said. Brazil’s officials have verbally proposed to align with the international community to discuss what security issues have been compromised in regards to the United States’s alleged actions.
“We want an agreement to regulate Internet use, not to curtail rights, but to protect rights. We want there to be real freedom, so companies, citizens and governments won’t be a target of these types of violations,” said Figueiredo. Brazilian authorities are interested in putting forth some type of international accord to stem such activities on a worldwide level.
The story broke on a Brazilian TV episode where the information was leaked by former United States intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, showing that the Brazilian executive office was infiltrated. The leaked information show that the president’s communications, such as phone calls and emails, were monitored by the U.S. National Security Agency. The information was delivered to an investagator with the Guardian newspaper, Glenn Greenwald, by Snowden.
Rousseff has not commented publicly regarding the scandal, but has been privately meeting with government officials about the spying allegations. Staff and government agencies have been alerted to the incident and have taken appropriate precautionary measures. The international community has been alerted that Brazil was spied on by the U.S. and awaits an official reply from the appropriate authorities.
By Thomas Barr