Old Habits Die Hard: US ‘Still Spies on Brazil’ Despite Outrage Over NSA Scandal

Saturday, May 6, 2017
By Paul Martin


The US controversial spying program on Brazil and other South American countries probably continues to this day, despite the outrage of then-President Dilma Rousseff, US journalist James Bamford told Sputnik at a cyber-security conference in Sao Paolo.

n 2013, relations between the US and Brazil were harmed after Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA spied on Brazilian companies and government figures, including then-Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in 2013. While relations are “gradually recovering,” Bamford thinks it likely that the US continues to spy on Brazil and other countries in Latin America.

“The US is always extremely interested in what each country is doing, especially Brazil, because it is a very important country in South America and what happens there affects most of the countries of South America. Therefore, the US is interested in what is happening in the politics and economy of Brazil, and I think that’s the reason why they were spying.”

“When the espionage was revealed, President Rousseff refused to come to the White House for a State Dinner, which was quite a fateful decision. The relationship got better after that when the US promised to reduce the level of wiretapping.”

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