Brazil President Dilma Rousseff: Revelations that the NSA spied on phone

calls and e-mails between Rouseff and her aides may put the kibosh on her

state visit to the United States scheduled for next month. It would be yet

another NSA-related diplomatic black eye for the Obama White House.



President Rousseff's U.S. State Visit Imperiled By NSA Spying (O Globo, Brazil)


"If the facts are confirmed, it would reveal an unacceptable and inadmissible situation in regard to our sovereignty. When the interception of data is due not to the investigation of illegal activity, but rather of things of a political and business dimension, the situation is without a doubt much more serious. They told us, verbatim, that no interceptions were undertaken for political and economic purposes on behalf of American companies. They have offered no conclusive response."


-- Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo


By Chico De Gois


Translated By Brandi Miller


September 5, 2013


Brazil – Estadao – 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.'


NHK NEWS, JAPAN: Glenn Greenwald appears on Brazil TV program and explains how the NSA targeted Brazilian and Mexican heads of state, Sept. 3, 00:01:00RealVideo

BRASÍLIA: Due to a report Sunday on the TV Globo program Fantástico, the Brazilian government has called the espionage carried out by the United States on phone calls, e-mails and cell phone messages between President Dilma Rousseff and her aides a violation of sovereignty. The president called an emergency meeting early Monday with her ministers, and Itamaraty [the Foreign Ministry] demanded written explanations from American Ambassador Thomas Shannon. In response to the American spying, Dilma may even suspend an official meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington scheduled for October, depending on the explanations the U.S. government offers about the affair.


In an interview with the press, Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo and Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo said that Brazil wants a written explanation from the U.S. government this week, and that the country is willing to take up the issue at international forums.


Despite the outrage expressed by the Brazilian government, no concrete measures have yet been announced. When asked about the trip to Washington, Figueiredo said he wouldn't address the issue, but confirmed that the Brazilian reaction would depend on Washington's explanation.


“The type of reaction will depend on the type of response. That is why we want a formal response in writing. From there, it can be evaluated, and from there, we will see what kind of reaction to adopt,” the chancellor said.


Dilma hasn't spoken publicly about the matter, but indignant about the situation, she is genuinely considering suspending her trip to the United States. However,  Ministers Figueiredo and Cardozo affirmed the need to see what the United States does before taking any action.


“From our point of view, this (espionage) represents an illegal and unacceptable violation of Brazilian sovereignty. This type of practice is incompatible with the trust needed for a strategic partnership between the two countries. The Brazilian government wants formal explanations, in writing, about the facts revealed in the report,” said Figueiredo.


According to the chancellor, the conversation with U.S. Ambassador Shannon was frank and direct. He said he made it clear that the Brazilian government considers what it sees as a violation of national sovereignty inadmissible and unacceptable.


“In conversation, he (Shannon) understood what was said, because things were stated in very clear terms. It is often thought that diplomacy is about explaining things in circular terms. It is not. When things need to be said in a very clear manner, they are. He took note of everything I said. Today (Labor Day) is a holiday in the United States, but he promised to communicate with the White House tomorrow (Sept. 3) to relate our conversation, so that they send in writing the formal dossier the case demands,” Figueiredo said. “I want the American government to explain this. Not necessarily the ambassador. He conveyed what Brazil wants from the United States."


Cardozo said that if the information disseminated on Fantástico is true, Brazil will take the issue to international forums. [Video from Fantastico broadcast is below. English captions can be turned on with Youtube caption menu].

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“If the facts are confirmed, it would reveal an unacceptable and inadmissible situation in regard to our sovereignty. When the interception of data is due not to the investigation of illegal activity, but rather of things of a political and business dimension, the situation is without a doubt much more serious. They told us, verbatim, that no interceptions were undertaken for political and economic purposes on behalf of American companies. They have offered no conclusive response. Let us wait for explanations.”


In addition to Cardozo and Figueiredo, the meeting with President Dilma included Defense Minister Celso Amorin, and Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo.


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Justice Minister Cardozo briught up the fact that last week, he was in the United States and met with Vice President Joe Biden. On the occasion, Cardozo proposed data sharing with the Americans on issues involving suspected illegality, but Biden said he wouldn't make a deal like this with Brazil or any other country. During the conversation, according to Cardozo, the American vice president denied that his government did any wiretapping of phone calls or messages of Brazilian citizens.


Three tracking programs


In July, O Globo reported that for the past decade, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on Brazilian citizens. According to documents collected by former NSA technician Edward Snowden, telephone calls and e-mails were tracked through at least three programs. Brazil appears prominently on NSA maps as an important target for telephony and data trafficking, alongside countries like China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan.


When Secretary of State John Kerry was in the country on an official visit last month, he denied that the U.S. had accessed the contents of Brazilian communications data. According to Kerry, his country merely takes preventive action to prevent terrorist attacks. He said that his government acts like any other country in its collection of information.


Figueiredo said that Brazil will discuss the issue with other countries. Although, according to Fantástico, while Mexico has also been targeted by American espionage, the Brazilian chancellor still hasn't spoken with his Mexican colleague.


“We are going to chat with our partners in developed countries, such as the BRICS (which includes Russia, India, China and South Africa) and evaluate how we can protect ourselves from this type of situation, and what kind of joint action can be taken to deal with an issue as severe as this.


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