Top Leaderboard, Site wide
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
April 29, 2017 Disclaimer: Please read.
x

Statements and opinions expressed in articles are those of the authors, not Truthdig. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions.






Rebel Mother

Truthdig Bazaar
Iran: Time for a New Approach

Iran: Time for a New Approach

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Robert M. Gates, Suzanne Maloney
4.00

more items

 
Ear to the Ground
Email this item Print this item

Brazil Cancels State Visit Over NSA Spying

Posted on Sep 17, 2013
Shutterstock illustration of U.S. and Brazilian flags.

Calling the U.S. government’s spying on Brazilian officials “a grave matter, an assault on national sovereignty and individual rights, and ... incompatible with relations between friendly nations,” the South American country has pulled out of the only White House state dinner scheduled this year.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will address the United Nations General Assembly next week on the subject of espionage. Brazil may also require American technology companies doing business in the country to host data inside Brazil’s borders and legal jurisdiction, according to the Los Angeles Times. A visit to Edward Snowden in Russia may be in the offing.

Rousseff’s motives are probably genuine—who wants to be spied on?—but domestic politics may also be a factor. Brazil has had massive anti-government protests, with elections a year out from now.

For its part, the White House downplayed the diplomatic snafu, saying the decision to indefinitely postpone the visit until a less awkward time was mutual.

—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

Lockerdome Below Article
Get a book from one of our contributors in the Truthdig Bazaar.

Related Entries

Get truth delivered to
your inbox every day.



New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Join the conversation

Load Comments
Right Top, Site wide - Care2
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
Right Internal Skyscraper, Site wide

Like Truthdig on Facebook