RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced Tuesday her decision to postpone an official visit to Washington D.C. scheduled for Oct. 23, following the U.S. government's failure to adequately explain its alleged spying activity in Brazil.
"Given the closeness of the scheduled visit to Washington and the lack of investigation in the matter ... the conditions are lacking for the visit to take place on the previously agreed date, " said a statement from the presidency's press advisor.
Brazil had demanded explanations from the United States on the matter and asked for an end to the surveillance.
"The illegal practices of intercepting the communications and data of citizens, companies and members of the Brazilian government constitute a serious act against national sovereignty and individual rights, and incompatible with the democratic coexistence of friendly countries," the statement said.
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Rousseff Monday, and said he "lamented" the possible suspension of her visit, according to sources at the presidential palace.
The information that the U.S. was spying on Brazil was first brought to light by documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and further detailed in local daily O Globo and TV program Fantastico.
The documents indicated that the U.S. government has for years carried out a widespread surveillance scheme that monitored millions of e-mails and phone calls made by Brazilian citizens and companies, as well as foreigners in the country.
The revelations have strained the Brazil-U.S. relations. The U. S. did not deny the surveillance, but alleged that the program was part of a strategy to prevent acts of terrorism and therefore would continue.
However, more reports later surfaced that the program even targeted the president's office and Brazil's largest state-owned oil company, Petrobras, raising more suspicions about the U.S. government's motives and adding to tensions between the two countries.
Rousseff released an official statement condemning the spying last week and arguing that since Petrobras does not pose a threat to any government, one could only conclude that the U.S. spying on Brazil are driven by strategic and economic motives.
Petrobras, a pioneer in deepwater oil exploration, recently discovered and mapped the largest offshore oil reserve found to date in Brazil.
Rousseff will, however, go ahead with her planned trip to New York City, where she will address the United Nations General Assembly, which began Tuesday. In the speech, Rousseff is expected to talk about the espionage problems and defend the right to privacy.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The White House on Tuesday confirmed cancellation of a scheduled state visit by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to the United States in late October.
According to a statement released by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with his Brazilian counterpart Monday on the matter, saying he " understands and regrets the concerns disclosures of alleged U.S. intelligence activities have generated in Brazil." Full story
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- The relationship between Brazil and the United States strained again on Monday after reports surfaced that Brazil's state oil and gas giant Petrobras was a prime target of U.S. government spying activity.
The latest revelations were aired Sunday night on TV news show "Fantastico", which revealed a week earlier that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the private communications of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Full story
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff issued an official statement Monday specially on the latest news that U.S. Security Agency (NSA) spied on Brazil's state-controlled oil and gas giant Petrobras, demanding again explanations from the U.S. government.
Rousseff said in the statement that if the latest news are indeed proven, they will confirm that the U.S. motivation has nothing to do with self-protection, but everything to do with economic and strategic interests. Full story
BRASILIA, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's Senate formed an Investigative Parliamentary Commission Tuesday to follow up on reports that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) spied on President Dilma Rousseff.
"We intend to protect national sovereignty," said Senator Vanessa Graziotin, of the Communist Party of Brazil (CPB). Full story