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Brazil wants UN action on net privacy after Snowdon exposes US spying

Administration is worried by report that US spied on Brazilians' phone, e-mail contacts

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 July, 2013, 3:24am

Brazil's foreign minister said his government was worried by a report that the United States had collected data on billions of telephone and e-mail conversations in his country and promised an effort for international protection of internet privacy.

The newspaper O Globo reported over the weekend that information released by former US National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden shows that the number of telephone and e-mail messages logged by the NSA in Brazil in January alone was not far behind the 2.3 billion reportedly collected in the US.

Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, speaking on Sunday from the colonial city of Paraty, expressed "deep concern at the report that electronic and telephone communications of Brazilian citizens are the object of espionage by organs of American intelligence".

"The Brazilian government has asked for clarifications" through the US embassy in Brazil and Brazil's embassy in Washington, he said.

Patriota also said Brazil would ask the United Nations for measures "to impede abuses and protect the privacy" of internet users, laying down rules for governments "to guarantee cybernetic security that protects the rights of citizens and preserves the sovereignty of all countries".

The spokesman for the US embassy in Brazil's capital, Dean Chaves, said diplomats there would not have any comment.

But the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a statement saying: "The US government will respond through diplomatic channels to our partners and allies in the Americas … While we are not going to comment publicly on specific alleged intelligence activities, as a matter of policy we have made clear that the United States gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations."

The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff warned on Sunday that Snowden's overall disclosures have undermined US relationships with other countries and affected what he called "the importance of trust". General Martin Dempsey told CNN's State of the Union that the US would "work our way back. But it has set us back temporarily".

Patriota's reaction in Brazil extended diplomatic turbulence the US has faced from friends and foes around the world since Snowden began releasing details of the surveillance.

Germany's top security official suggested last month that internet users could shun operations that use US-based computer servers to avoid security worries. France's interior minister used a July 4 garden party at the US embassy in Paris to complain about alleged US spying, saying "such practices, if proven, do not have their place between allies and partners".

Snowden has been out of sight in the transit area of Moscow's main airport since he suddenly appeared there on a plane from Hong Kong two weeks ago.

The O Globo article said that "Brazil, with extensive digitalised public and private networks operated by large telecommunications and internet companies, appears to stand out on maps of the US agency as a priority target for telephony and data traffic.


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hard times !
I remember Brazil has rejected the asylum request of our whistle-blower. Now she found that she was also the victim of the cyberspying of the NSA of America which monitors her countrymen's email messages and phone call records.Will Brazil join the other Latin American countries like Bolivia or Venezuela in granting Snowden a safe haven ? I wonder.Anyway, she has the moral obligation to let Snowden's plane fly past her airspace to Bolivia or Venezuela to avoid flying past the airspace of Uncle Sam ! Venezuela is eagerly awaiting our Snowden's arrival in her country. Act now, Mr.Snowden.Time is really running short.You won't be intercepted or your plane shot down since you have told the world that you have Plan B----coded files already sent to different people all over the world and once you meet any danger or arrested,the code numbers will be sent to these people and the files will be disclosed to the world ! It is an excellent self-protected weapon ! So just pack up your things and start on your trip to your chosen land ! Okay ?


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