Mar 12, 2014
NSA Spied on Latin American Presidents
Posted on Sep 2, 2013
The National Security Agency spied on the communications of presidents of Mexico and Brazil, according to a report produced by a Brazilian news program and co-authored by Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who broke news of President Obama’s spying program at the beginning of the summer.
The news is sure to anger leaders of Latin America’s two largest nations.
The report published late Sunday by Globo’s news program “Fantastico” was based on documents handed to Greenwald by NSA whistle-blower and fugitive Edward Snowden. Fantastico showed images of what it described as an NSA document dated June 2012 displaying messages written by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Nieto was a candidate at the time. The document was said to have contained the names of people he was considering for his presidential cabinet.
Another document showed detailed communications between Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her top advisers, the news program said. The files were reported to be part of an NSA case study showing how data could be “intelligently” filtered.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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