Brazil admits spying but says it wasn’t like NSA

Brazil admits spying but says it wasn’t like NSA

Brazil, a leading critic of American spying, appeared caught in a bind when a news report claimed that the South American giant conducted espionage of its own.But there is no hypocrisy here, the Brazilian government says, even as it defends its own snooping by using the same arguments the United States has espoused.”I see the situations as completely different,” Brazilian Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo told Folha de Sao Paulo, the newspaper that broke the story of Brazil’s spying.

Europe falls out of love with Obama over NSA spying claims. What the NSA is accused of doing to Brazil and other countries is a breach of secrecy, he said.”That is interception of data, interceptions of phone calls. Intercepts that affront Brazil’s sovereignty,” he said.

What Brazil did was engage in counterespionage measures that are allowed under its law, the minister said. Based on reports, the type of spying Brazil engaged in pales in comparison with what the United States is accused of.Mexico to summon U.S. ambassador over spying allegations.

Diplomatic relations between the United States and Brazil were strained after leaked documents claimed that the U.S. National Security Agency spied on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her aides.

Source: CNN