NSA spied on Brazil,Mexico presidents

The US ambassador to Brazil met with his Brazilian counterpart Monday following the revelations.

Written by Associated Press | Rio De Janeiro | Published:September 3, 2013 1:31 am

The National Security Agency’s spy programme targeted communications of Brazilian and Mexican presidents,and in case of Mexico’s leader,accessed content of emails before he was elected,the US journalist who obtained secret documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Sunday.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald,who lives in Rio de Janeiro,told Globo’s news programme Fantastico that a document dated June 2012 shows that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s emails were being read. The document’s date is a month before Nieto was elected.

The US ambassador to Brazil met with his Brazilian counterpart Monday following the revelations. Ambassador Thomas Shannon arrived and left Brazil’s Foreign Ministry without speaking to reporters. There was no comment from officials at Brazil’s Foreign Ministry either. The office of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff said it had no immediate comment,but Rousseff was meeting with top ministers to discuss the case.

The document on which Greenwald based the report includes communications from Nieto indicating who he would like to name to some government posts,among other information. It is not clear if the spying continues.

As for Brazil’s leader,the June 2012 document “doesn’t include any of (Brazil President) Dilma’s specific intercepted messages,the way it does for Nieto,” Greenwald told Associated Press in an email. “But it is clear in several ways her communications were intercepted,including use of DNI Presenter,a programme used by NSA to open and read emails and online chats.”

The US targeting mapped out the aides with whom Rousseff communicated and went a level further by tracking patterns of how those aides communicated with one another and also third parties,according to the document.

Brazilian Justice Minister Eduardo Cardozo told O Globo “if the facts of the report are confirmed,they would be considered very serious and would constitute a clear violation of Brazil’s sovereignty.”

“This is completely outside the standard of confidence expected of a strategic partnership,as the US and Brazil have,” he added.

In July,Greenwald co-wrote articles in O Globo that said documents leaked by Snowden indicate Brazil was the largest target in Latin America for the NSA programme,which collected data on billions of emails and calls flowing through Brazil.

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