Wednesday 21 March 2018

Brazil's president axes US visit over spying

Dilma Rouseff, Brazil President
Dilma Rouseff, Brazil President

BRAZIL'S president has postponed a state visit to Washington in response to US spying.

President Dilma Rousseff said that she will not now make the trip next month, which was to include a state dinner.


Ms Rousseff has been angered by reports based on leaked National Security Agency (NSA) documents. They have shown that her communications with top aides were intercepted.


The NSA espionage programme also targeted state-run oil company Petrobras.


Brazil has reportedly been the top Latin American target for spying, with data on billions of emails and telephone calls swooped up in NSA programmes.


US President Barack Obama called Ms Rousseff yesterday and tried to talk her into going ahead with her trip, the Brazilian president's office said.


But Ms Rousseff was demanding a full public apology from Mr Obama for the spying, which she did not get.

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