RIO DE JANEIRO – “Everything indicates” that the fruits of the U.S. government’s electronic spying in Brazil were shared with friendly governments and even with private companies, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Monday.
“The United States and its allies must immediately stop their spying activity once and for all,” she said on Twitter.
Her comments came a day after Brazil’s Globo television reported that a Canadian intelligence unit joined the U.S. National Security Agency in targeting the communications of the Brazilian Ministry of Energy and Mines.
The Globo report cited documents from whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who was also the source for the network’s earlier stories about the NSA’s spying on Rousseff and on Brazilian state oil company Petrobras.
Brazil’s foreign ministry on Monday summoned the Canadian ambassador in Brasilia to formally demand an explanation for the spying by the Communications Security Establishment Canada.
“Canada has interests in Brazil, above all in the mining sector,” Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao told Globo. “I can’t say if the spying served corporate interests or other groups.”
There is reason to believe the United States shared its intelligence on Brazil with the governments of Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as with private companies, Rousseff said Monday.
“That is unacceptable between nations that are supposed to be partners,” she tweeted. “We repudiate this cyber warfare.”
The targeting of Petrobras and of the Mines and Energy Ministry proves that the NSA surveillance is more about industrial espionage than about combating terrorism, Rousseff said.
Rousseff announced on Sept. 17 that she was postponing a state visit to Washington set for this month pending a satisfactory U.S. response to the revelations about NSA spying.