Wikileaks Reveals Details of NSA Spying on Brazil
July 6, 2015 By Staff
Top Story — The whistleblower website Wikileaks has released documents detailing the extent of the U.S. surveillance that targeted Brazil’s president and others, causing a major diplomatic row in 2013.
The documents, according to Wikileaks, show that the U.S. National Security Agency targeted Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and several other key government officials, tapping their phones as part of a broad program of so-called “economic espionage.” The documents, released on July 4, point to a broader spying effort than was first revealed in 2013, with an emphasis on finance and economic officials.
The first revelations of this program in 2013 prompted Rousseff to cancel a planned state visit to the United States. She later announced that her confidence that the spying program had been cancelled, although Wikileaks head Julian Assange said in a statement that the documents suggest the spying has continued.
“If President Rousseff wants to see more U.S. investment in Brazil on the back of her recent trip as she claims, how can she assure Brazilian companies that their U.S. counterparts will not have an advantage provided by this surveillance, until she can really guarantee the spying has stopped – not just on her, but on all Brazilian issues,” Assange said in a statement, referring to Rousseff’s recent U.S. visit.
Assange is currently a guest of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been living since 2010 in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden to face charges of sexual assault, which he denies.
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