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Brazilian president snubs Obama, cancels state visit over NSA spying [message #114885] Wed, 18 September 2013 10:28
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A last-minute plea from President Obama couldn't stop Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from postponing an October state visit, after revelations that American intelligence spied on her presidential communications allegedly sent her into a rage.

Reuters reports that Obama spent 20 minutes on the phone with Rousseff Monday night, apparently trying to salvage the first state visit by the up-and-coming South American nation in nearly two decades.

White House press secretary Jay Carney tried to play down the cancellation on Tuesday, telling reporters that the decision was a mutual one. "The president agreed with President Rousseff that it is important to celebrate our broad relationship, and that relationship should not be overshadowed by a single issue," he said.

The often-frosty relations between the United States and Brazil had been steadily warming since Rousseff took office in 2011. But after documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the spy agency was snooping into the Brazilian president's conversations with top aides and advisors, along with the communications of powerful Brazilian corporate interests, Rousseff became incensed.

"The Brazilian government is determined to obtain clarifications from the US government about any possible violations committed," she said last week. "If the facts in the report are confirmed, then it's evident that the motive for the . . . espionage is not security or to fight terrorism, but economic and strategic interests."

Full article: http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/17/brazilian-president-snubs- obama-cancels-state-visit-over-nsa-spying/



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