WASHINGTON — Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff demanded an apology from the U.S. over their extensive spy program, where it was discovered that the U.S. spied on her private communications with her staff.
Reuters reported that Barack Obama, who has been a magnet for scandals within his first year of his last term as U.S. president, has not responded to her calls for an apology.
Rousseff threatened to cancel a planned visit to the White House and may downgrade commercial ties between the countries, which had improved over the past year. This came after a Brazilian news program exposed the U.S. National Security Agency’s ability to see the content of her e-mails, text messages and phone calls. Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, who was a candidate at the time, also was spied on by the NSA.
The information came from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who fled to Russia and received temporary asylum status there. His reporter, liberal Glenn Greenwald, lives in Brazil and helped publish the information.