Brazil and Mexico worried NSA spied on their presidents

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

National Security Agency (NSA) leaker, Edward Snowden, has already damaged relations between the US and Russia after refusing to stand trial for espionage and seeking asylum in Russia. The NSA betrayer’s impact can still be felt worldwide as documents continue surfacing about the US intelligence agency’s activities. Most recently, Brazil and Mexico became concerned when statements about alleged spying on their presidents by the US were released by Glenn Greenwald, a journalist based in Brazil.

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Map of global NSA data collection. The color scheme goes from green (least watched by NSA) through yellow and orange to red (most watched).

Mexico’s foreign ministry says, “Without prejudging the veracity of the information presented in the media, the Mexican government rejects and categorically condemns any espionage work against Mexican citizens in violation of international law.” Brazil’s Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo described the situation as “unacceptable violation of Brazilian sovereignty.”

“It was very clear in the documents that they had already carried out the spying,” Greenwald reported to “Fantastico,” a Sunday night television program. “They aren’t talking about something they are planning, they are celebrating their spying successes.”

One of the documents supposedly shows the NSA tracking the e-mails and mobile phone communications of Brazilian President Dilma Roussef’s close advisers. Representative Fernando Zarate, secretary of the Mexican house of representatives’ foreign relations committee, says, “There is a deep feeling of indignation.”

Featured image of Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto courtesy of Presidencia MX 2012-2018 on Wikipedia. NSA global data collection image courtesy of Rezonansowy on Wikipedia.