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Sep 9, 2013

NSA spying on Petrobras, if proven, is industrial espionage: Rousseff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Reports that the United States spied on Brazilian oil company Petrobras, if proven, would be tantamount to industrial espionage and have no security justification, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff said on Monday.

Brazil’s Globo television network reported on Sunday that the U.S. National Security Agency hacked into the computer networks of Petrobras and other companies, including Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), citing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Sep 7, 2013

Brazilian protests fail to disrupt parades, soccer match

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Police used teargas to contain street protests on Saturday in several Brazilian cities, stopping demonstrators from disrupting Independence Day military parades and an international soccer game between Brazil and Australia.

The protests against corruption were much smaller than the massive demonstrations that shook Brazil in June, when hundreds of thousands took to the streets in a sudden outburst of anger against the country’s political class for mismanaging government money and failing to provide adequate public services.

Sep 6, 2013

Obama: U.S. will probe reported NSA spying on Brazil, Mexico

PETERSBURG, Russia/BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama promised on Friday to look into a report the United States spied on the leaders of Brazil and Mexico, allegations that have caused tensions in Washington’s ties to its two biggest Latin American partners.

Obama met with presidents Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico during an international summit in Russia and discussed reports that the U.S. National Security Agency snooped on their personal communications and phone calls.

Sep 5, 2013

Brazil tries to elude NSA with new cables, satellite

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Can any government escape the prying eyes of the U.S. National Security Agency? Brazil is going to try.

Angered by recent revelations that the United States spied on its emails and phone calls and even its president, Brazil’s government is speeding up efforts to improve the security of its communications – and hopefully keep more of its secrets under wraps.

Sep 3, 2013

Brazil, Mexico ask U.S. to explain if NSA spied on presidents

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil assailed the United States on Monday after new allegations that Washington spied on President Dilma Rousseff, complaining that its sovereignty may have been violated and suggesting that it could call off Rousseff’s planned state visit to the White House next month.

A Brazilian news program reported on Sunday that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on emails, phone calls and text messages of Rousseff and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, a disclosure that could strain Washington’s relations with Latin America’s two biggest nations.

Sep 2, 2013

U.S. spied on presidents of Brazil, Mexico: report

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency spied on the communications of the presidents of Brazil and Mexico, a Brazilian news program reported, a revelation that could strain U.S. relations with the two biggest countries in Latin America.

The report late Sunday by Globo’s news program “Fantastico” was based on documents that journalist Glenn Greenwald obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Greenwald, who lives in Rio de Janeiro, was listed as a co-contributor to the report.

Aug 28, 2013

Brazil hikes interest rates again to regain market confidence

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil raised its benchmark interest rate to a 16-month high of 9 percent on Wednesday, maintaining the pace of monetary tightening to fight inflation and rebuild investors’ confidence in Latin America’s largest economy.

The central bank’s monetary policy committee, known as Copom, decided unanimously for a third straight half percentage point rate hike to ease inflationary fears that have risen on the back of a plunge in the value of the local currency.

Aug 13, 2013

Kerry visit to Brazil overshadowed by NSA spying controversy

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The United States pledged on Tuesday that Brazil and other allies will get answers about American communications surveillance aimed at thwarting terrorism, but gave no indication it would change the way it gathers such information.

Secretary of State John Kerry urged Brazil not to let recent revelations of secret internet surveillance by the United States derail growing trade, diplomatic and cultural relations between the two largest economies in the Americas.

Aug 12, 2013

Spying scandal sets back U.S. chances for fighter jet sale to Brazil

BRASILIA, Aug 12 (Reuters) – U.S. hopes of clinching a
coveted deal worth more than $4 billion to sell 36 fighter jets
to Brazil have suffered a setback with recent revelations that
the United States collected data on Brazilian Internet
communications.

When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits down with
Brazilian officials in Brasilia on Tuesday to prepare a state
visit to the White House by President Dilma Rousseff, the sale
of the warplanes will not be on the agenda, a Brazilian source
said.

Aug 7, 2013

New U.S. spying revelations coming from Snowden leaks: journalist

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist who published documents leaked by fugitive former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, plans to make new revelations “within the next 10 days or so” on secret U.S. surveillance of the Internet.

“The articles we have published so far are a very small part of the revelations that ought to be published,” Greenwald on Tuesday told a Brazilian congressional hearing that is investigating the U.S. internet surveillance in Brazil.