Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is considering canceling her next month’s visit to the United States and downgrading bilateral commercial ties unless Washington offers a public apology for spying on her, a report says.
" She is completely furious, " a senior Brazilian official told Reuters on Wednesday.
" This is a major, major crisis… There needs to be an apology. It needs to be public. Without that, it ' s basically impossible for her to go to Washington in October, " said the official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.
On Sunday, Brazil’s Globo TV reported that the US National Security Agency(NSA) spied on private communications of Rousseff and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. The report was based on documents released by US surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden. Rousseff is scheduled to visit the White House in October to meet her US counterpart Barack Obama and discuss a possible 4 - billion - dollar jet fighter deal, cooperation on oil and biofuels technology between the two biggest economies in the Americas, as well as other commercial projects. The Brazilian official said that Rousseff is ready to cancel the visit and take other punitive measures against Washington, including the termination of the potential purchase of F - 18 Super Hornet fighters from Chicago - based Boeing Co. On Monday, Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota asked the US to provide a written response to the Globo report by the end of current week. According to a Brazilian Foreign Ministry official, there had been no response from Washington by Wednesday afternoon. In July, Patriota expressed serious concerns over a report of Brazil’sO Globo newspaper, which said the NSA has been spying on Brazilian companies and individuals for a decade. The newspaper reported on July 7 that the NSA had collected data on billions of telephone and email conversations in the country. The report said that information released by Edward Snowden reveals that the number of telephone and email messages logged by the NSA in the 10-year period was near to the 2.3 billion captured in the US during the same period. During his visit to Washington on August 29, Brazilian Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said, "We expressed Brazil's unhappiness on learning that data was intercepted without the authorization of Brazilian authorities, for the use of US intelligence." "The acts imply a violation of human rights, violation of Brazilian sovereignty and rights enshrined in our constitution," he added. The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, admitted in July that Snowden’s exposés have seriously damaged US ties with other countries. “There has been damage. I don't think we actually have been able to determine the depth of that damage.” Snowden, a former CIA employee, leaked two top secret US government spying programs under which the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are eavesdropping on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Apple, and Microsoft. The NSA scandal took even broader dimensions when Snowden revealed information about its espionage activities targeting friendly countries.