Secretary Kerry receives cold reception in Brazil

Posted on October 8, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Politics, United States reported that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry faced a rather cold reception in Brazil and Colombia where he traveled for his first state visit to Latin America. He justified the spying activity for the governments of these countries by the existence of a terrorist threat. However, no one wants to be held hostage to the security of the United States of America. The Brazilian newspaper O Globo published data provided by Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) used Prism and Boundless Informant programs to virtually spy in all Latin American countries, paying particular attention to Mexico, Brazil and Colombia. Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Paraguay, Chile, Peru and El Salvador also fell under the surveillance. The wiretapped data had to do not only with military aspects, but also trade secrets, especially with regard to oil reserves and energy security. Read Article

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