Secretary of State Kerry with Brazil Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota,

at a press conference in Brasilia yesterday. Even in diplomatic terms,

Patriota's criticism of U.S. espionage activity was withering.



Foreign Minister Tells Kerry: 'Terminate' Spying on Brazilians (Jornal Do Brasil, Brazil)


"If [these issues] are not resolved satisfactorily, we run the risk of casting a cloud of suspicion over our work. ... the process of clarification is not an end in itself, and the provision of clarifications should not be the only U.S. reaction to these complaints."


-- Brazil Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota


Translated By Brandi Miller


August 14, 2013


Brazil - Jornal Do Brasil - Original Article (Portuguese)

Secretary of State Kerry listens as Brazil Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota tells him that the United States must 'terminate' its espionage activities against 'citizens of Brazil and other countries.'


RUSSIA TODAY NEWS VIDEO: NSA spying on Brazilian business interests underline Secretary of State Kerry's visit to South America, Aug. 14, 00:03:35RealVideo

On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota put it to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the espionage carried out by U.S. agencies against citizens of Brazil and others countries should be terminated. According to Patriota, if the practice continued, doubts and suspicion would damage relations between the U.S. and Brazil.


As Patriota demanded detailed explanations about the data monitoring done in Brazil, the chancellor's reaction surprised Kerry, who promised more information for Brazilian authorities. However, Patriota said, explanations alone will not resolve the impasse.


“We believe that the United States will find no better partner in the fight against terrorism as long as its actions are carried out in a transparent manner. When actions are taken cooperatively, it builds confidence. When there is a lack of information, that can undermine confidence.”


The Brazilian chancellor reiterated that if the impasse arising from the allegations of espionage is not resolved, as Brazilian authorities expect, it will put the positive relationship the two countries have maintained at risk.


“If [these issues] are not resolved satisfactorily, we run the risk of casting a cloud of suspicion over our work,” Patriota said.

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In his conversation with Kerry, Patriota reminded him that the Brazilian government sought explanations from the United States the minute news about the data monitoring of citizens and authorities in Brazil came to light.


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“We cannot minimize the issue of espionage, because we have a commitment to democracy, good governance, and the openness of civil society. We live in an atmosphere of democracy and social justice,” the chancellor said. However, the process of clarification is not an end in itself, and the provision of clarifications should not be the only U.S. reaction to these complaints, Patriota said.


The chancellor recalled that the nations of Mercosur adopted a joint measure - seeking United Nations action on the espionage allegations, which expresses, “a legitimate concern about practices that may be detrimental to the [rights] of individuals.”


The conversation between Patriota and Kerry lasted nearly an hour and a half. It was the second encounter between the two since the North American took over as Secretary of State in February. The first was in May.


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