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Saturday September 7, 2013

Obama Must Respond to Spying Accusation If Rousseff to Visit U.S.

Obama Must Respond to Spying Accusation If Rousseff to Visit U.S.

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Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff said Friday that whether she makes a planned state visit to Washington next month depends on Barack Obama’s response to revelations the United States monitored her communications.

The U.S. president “committed himself to responding to the Brazilian government before next Wednesday,” Rousseff told the media at the conclusion of the G-20 economic summit in St. Petersburg.

The two heads of state met on the sidelines of the conference to discuss the spying.

The U.S. National Security Agency intercepted telephone calls and e-mails of Rousseff and Mexican leader Enrique Peña Nieto, Brazil’s Globo television said this week, citing documents from whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Globo’s flagship news magazine, “Fantastico,” referred to a June 2012 “Top Secret” slide presentation touting NSA’s ability to access the content of the voice and e-mail communications of both Rousseff and her Mexican counterpart.

The slides were among the documentation that Snowden, a former U.S. intelligence contractor, provided to Brazil-based U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Rousseff, who is scheduled to arrive in Washington on Oct. 23, has already canceled plans by some her aides to travel to the U.S. capital this week to make preparations for next month’s state visit.

“My journey to Washington depends on the political conditions President Obama creates,” Rousseff said in St. Petersburg.

The Brazilian leader added that she will use her appearance at this month’s opening of the U.N. General Assembly to propose the adoption of global norms to protect communications privacy.