Brazilian President Calls U.S. Surveillance a "Breach of International Law"

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Wed, Sep 25th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, had a few choice words against the United States during the UN general assembly, accusing the NSA "of violating international law by its indiscriminate collection of personal information of Brazilian citizens and economic espionage targeted on the country's strategic industries."

Rousseff's angry speech was a direct challenge to President Barack Obama, who was waiting in the wings to deliver his own address to the UN general assembly, and represented the most serious diplomatic fallout to date from the revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Rousseff had already put off a planned visit to Washington in protest at US spying, after NSA documents leaked by Snowden revealed that the US electronic eavesdropping agency had monitored the Brazilian president's phone calls, as well as Brazilian embassies and spied on the state oil corporation, Petrobras.

"Personal data of citizens was intercepted indiscriminately. Corporate information — often of high economic and even strategic value — was at the centre of espionage activity.

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