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    Greenwald reveals NSA surveillance of Brazil and Mexico presidents

    Greenwald reveals NSA surveillance of Brazil and Mexico presidents

    The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has since early June been reporting on leaked documents obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, told a Brazilian television program Sunday that the NSA read emails of the Presidents of Brazil and Mexico.

    From NBC News:

    Glenn Greenwald told Globo news program “Fantastico” that a document dated June 2012, showed that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s emails were being read one month before he was elected to office.

    Greenwald, who writes for the U.K.-based Guardian newspaper but lives in Rio de Janeiro, said the emails included communications from Nieto indicating who he would name in his Cabinet.

    He also reported that the NSA collected the data through an undefined association between U.S. and Brazilian telecommunications companies.

    The journalist told the Associated Press, in an email, that the document did not contain any specific messages intercepted from Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff.

    However, it did reveal which aides she had communicated with, and tracked patterns of how those aides communicated among one another and with third parties.

    The report drew condemnation from the Brazilian government and demands for an explanation from the White House, and a news outlet in Brazil is reporting that President Dilma Rousseff is considering canceling an upcoming trip to the US.

    From the Washington Post:

    In a sign that fallout over the spy program is spreading, the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported that President Dilma Rousseff is considering canceling her October trip to the U.S., where she has been scheduled to be honored with a state dinner. Folha cited unidentified Rousseff aides. The president’s office declined to comment.

    The Foreign Ministry called in U.S. Ambassador Thomas Shannon and told him Brazil expects the White House to provide a prompt written explanation over the espionage allegations.

    Mexico similarly expressed its concerns to the U.S. ambassador and the U.S. administration, according to the Post.

    Greenwald also wrote in July, in The Guardian and in Brazilian newspaper O Globo, that the US spied on millions of emails and calls of Brazilians by partnering with a large unnamed US telecommunications company that in turn partners with other telecommunications companies in foreign countries.

    That report prompted the Brazilian government to say that it would pressure the United Nations to take measures to protect the privacy of international internet communications, according to a July New York Times article.

    Once again, these latest NSA leaks seem less focused on protecting the privacy of American citizens and more on exposing the activities of foreign intelligence operations.

    Someone else noticed that, too.


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    Before slinging the TREASON word/charge around you should very carefully read the U.S. Constitution. Treason is very closely defined and to commit Treason is a very high bar, by design.

    Every country with a functional brain in government knows exactly what NSA is and was doing, it is only the general world public which has been kept in the dark. When some foreign country gets up on their hind legs and stars braying that is just phony outrage for local consumption.

      casualobserver in reply to OldNuc. | September 3, 2013 at 10:44 am

      To me this is a prime example where public versus private reaction will be completely different. For anyone, even the U.S. or Russia, to expect their leaders to be free from the most covert and technologically sophisticated spying is just plain silly. If it were not the case in the U.S., for example, why spend so much money and effort creating spy-free areas within the White House for meetings and debriefings?

    Henry Hawkins | September 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    “I hope Greenwald is wearing an aluminum foil wrapped hardhat at all times,” droned Henry.

    It’s not treason, Brazil and Mexico are not our enemies, they are simply our neighbors and we are spying on them. I don’t find it surprising, but I think its probably necessary. I communicate regularly with foreigners, including Brazilians and Mexicans and on and on, and I find it very disgusting that my 4th Amendment rights are being violated by the NSA copying all my emails. They have no right to do this. Maybe this will spur these governments in scuttling these illegal wiretaps and restore my rights.

    As someone who does data warehousing, storage, processing, mining etc for a living, I find the whole program really stupid. They are hoping that they are going to in the future, find a needle and then be able to track back through time in this huge pile of data to connect the dots. This is absurd. You can certainly build a system that “buffers” the internet, but you will never be able to store it long term because every day the buffer grows the problem grows exponentially, and your ability to access it “live” drops. You’ll drown under the giant mess.

    I also particularly distasteful, as we have learned, the government has been using the information it has gained illegally to conduct criminal prosecutions. It so far has not been used to set wrongfully imprisoned men free. I can think of under no lawful interpretation of the constitution where the government can keep evidence that would free an innocent man that it wrongly convicted or prosecuted him for, but they do so. this is outrageous.

    Rick the Curmudgeon | September 3, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    imfine, do you think the NSA could be bothered to dig up some e-mails reagarding Operation Fast & Furious?

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