Guess who’s not coming to dinner, Mr. President?
In a rare reproach from a major ally, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has cancelled an official state visit to Washington over revelations the National Security Administration spied on her and other Brazilian officials.
The diplomatic snafu is the latest fallout of the ever-widening NSA spying scandal, brought to light by whistleblower and former CIA employee Edward Snowden.
Last month, President Barack Obama canceled a one-on-one summit in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, before the G-20 meetings over displeasure that the government there has granted Snowden temporary asylum.
Following 9/11, the NSA is accused of lying to secret courts to get permission to do a lot of spying it shouldn't have been doing. The agency has been accused of using major telecommunications carriers to spy on millions of Americans since 2001, and now the allegations of spying are spreading.
Here’s what Brazil had to say about it in their official statement:
“The illegal interceptions of communications and data of citizens, companies and members of the Brazilian government represents a serious act which violates national sovereignty and is incompatible with democratic coexistence between friendly countries.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney tiptoed around the international incident, saying, “we’re certainly acknowledging the concerns that these disclosures have generated in Brazil and other countries.”
Other countries! Sounds like American diplomats may have some room opening up on their dance cards, if Brazil’s response is any indication.
Table for one, Ambassador?
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