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New Snowden documents allege U.S. spying on Brazil, Mexico

FILE - A Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. The U.S. government s efforts to determine which highly classified materials Snowden took from the National Security Agency have been frustrated by Snowden s sophisticated efforts to cover his digital trail by deleting or bypassing electronic logs, government officials tell the AP. Such logs would have showed what information Snowden viewed or downloaded. (AP Photo/The Guardian, File)  NY107

FILE - A Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. The U.S. government s efforts to determine which highly classified materials Snowden took from the National Security Agency have been frustrated by Snowden s sophisticated efforts to cover his digital trail by deleting or bypassing electronic logs, government officials tell the AP. Such logs would have showed what information Snowden viewed or downloaded. (AP Photo/The Guardian, File) NY107

SAO PAULO, Brazil — New documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden allege that Washington spied on the presidents of Mexico and Brazil, further complicating relations weeks before Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's state visit to the United States.

After journalist Glenn Greenwald made the revelations on Brazil's popular Globo TV network Sunday night, Rousseff called an emergency meeting with advisers, and her government summoned U.S. Ambassador Thomas Shannon to explain the new allegations, which came after earlier reports of spying led Brazil to demand answers from a visiting Secretary of State John Kerry last month.

"This is an inadmissible and unacceptable violation of Brazilian sovereignty," said Brazilian Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo in a news conference Monday. "The Brazilian government wants prompt, formal explanations in relation to the facts revealed in the report."

The Mexican government also summoned the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne, to protest the reported spying and delivered a note demanding an exhaustive investigation.

"The government of Mexico rejects and categorically condemns any works of espionage against Mexican citizens in violation of international law," a statement from the Mexican Foreign Ministry said.

The special report on Sunday night's Fantastico television program outlined how communications between Rousseff and her main advisers were allegedly monitored by the United States. In the case of Mexico, the documents showed how spying purportedly enabled the United States to glean the names of people whom Pena Nieto — who at the time, in mid 2012, was still a presidential candidate — planned to appoint to various ministries.

New Snowden documents allege U.S. spying on Brazil, Mexico 09/02/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 2, 2013 11:23pm]
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