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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff arrives to meet members of Brazil's soccer team at Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil, on Monday.
An “indignant” President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil is considering canceling a state visit to the United States after allegations surfaced that Washington had spied on her emails and those of her Mexican counterpart, a top Brazilian newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The president was “very irritated” and “indignant” several unnamed aides said, according to Folha de S.Paulo. Without a response from Obama, Rousseff would not travel to the United States and "take photos" alongside President Barack Obama, the newspaper quoted the sources as saying.
Brazil’s Presidential Palace said, meanwhile, that "the possibility [of cancelling the trip] is not on the table" nor was the idea even under review, the newspaper reported.
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first published the contents of classified documents provided by ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, told a Brazilian TV show on Sunday the NSA collected the data through an undefined association between U.S. and Brazilian telecommunications companies.
Greenwald, who writes for the U.K.-based The Guardian newspaper from Rio de Janeiro, told The Associated Press the spying had revealed which aides Rousseff had communicated with, and tracked patterns of how those aides communicated among one another and with third parties.
On Monday, Brazil's Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo told a press conference that Brazil was "angry" over the allegations of U.S. spying.
"From our point of view, this is an inadmissible and unacceptable violation of Brazilian sovereignty,” said Figueiredo, describing the spying as “incompatible” given the “strategic partnership between the two countries.” Earlier in the day, he first attended an emergency Cabinet meeting and then a smaller second meeting with the president and José Eduardo Cardozo, Brazil’s Justice Minister.
"If a breach of confidentiality reaches the level of the president, what about Brazilian citizens and businesses?" asked Cardozo at the same press conference.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry also condemned the NSA revelation. The government sent the U.S. State Department a diplomatic note that describes “any espionage on Mexican citizens in violation of international law.”
Reuters contributed to this report.
First published September 3 2013, 8:56 AM