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Brazil Admits To Spying On US diplomats After Blasting NSA Surveillance

cold fjord (826450) writes | about 10 months ago


cold fjord (826450) writes "The Verge reports, "Brazil this week admitted to spying on diplomats from countries including the US, Russia, and Iran as part of a domestic program launched 10 years ago ... The program was first revealed in a Monday report from the newspaper Folha de São Paulo, which obtained documents from the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, commonly known as ABIN. The revelations come at a sensitive time for current Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, who has been among the most outspoken critics of the widespread surveillance conducted by the US National Security Agency (NSA). According to Folha, Brazilian intelligence spied on rooms rented out by the US embassy in Brasilia from 2003 to 2004. ... The report also claims that ABIN targeted Russian and Iranian officials, tracking their movements within the country ... Rousseff's office acknowledged Monday that the spying took place, but stressed that the operations were carried out within the law. The administration added that publishing classified documents is a crime in Brazil, and that those responsible "will be prosecuted according to the law." ....the revelations may put Rousseff in an awkward position. The Brazilian president cancelled a state dinner with Barack Obama earlier this year ... and lashed out against US spying in an impassioned speech to the UN in September.""
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Weak Sauce (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about 10 months ago | (#45335655)

This story reeks of the NSA trying to do damage control and doing a piss-poor job of it.

As best as I can tell it boils down to brazil tailed some foreign diplomats while they were in country. OMG! So that makes them even with the NSA breaking into anything and everything on the internet. It's totally the same!

Re:Weak Sauce (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45335743)

The above reply reeks of Jah-Wren Ryel trying to do damage control. Brazil has been caught with its hand in the cookie jar and some people can't stand seeing the focus for criticism be anyone other than the US. OMG! Don't look at other countries doing this too! The focus must not shift from the US! Pay no attention to the hypocrisy from Brazil! Or from Jah-Wren Ryel.

Re:Weak Sauce (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about 10 months ago | (#45335827)

only registered users can post on pre-stories. So you are literally a coward.

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