Brazilian Politicians Want To Offer Snowden Asylum After Learning Of US Spying On Brazilians

from the making-friends-around-the-globe dept

You may have heard that one of the latest revelations from Ed Snowden’s whistleblowing efforts concerned the NSA’s spying on Brazilians with a rather extensive program.

As the headline suggests, the crux of the main article details how the NSA has, for years, systematically tapped into the Brazilian telecommunication network and indiscriminately intercepted, collected and stored the email and telephone records of millions of Brazilians.

Of course, as each new country learns more and more about US spying on their citizens, the outrage against the US seems to grow. The Brazilian government has now kicked off an investigation, but perhaps more interesting is the fact that some Brazilian Senators are using this story to suggest that the country offer asylum to Snowden. Frankly, the spying on people outside the US by the NSA is hardly a surprise at all, since it’s long been known that the NSA doesn’t need any warrants concerning the spying on foreigners. However, from a diplomatic standpoint, this is (once again) making things tricky for the US government. But not just because more and more countries are “demanding answers,” but also because this seems to be leading more countries to considering more strongly whether or not to grant Snowden asylum. Perhaps if the US didn’t treat so-called “allies” as enemies, it wouldn’t be having this problem in the first place.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Frankly, the spying on people outside the US by the NSA is hardly a surprise at all, since it’s long been known that the NSA doesn’t need any warrants concerning the spying on foreigners. However, from a diplomatic standpoint, this is (once again) making things tricky for the US government.

What so everyone knows the US spy’s on them, except the diplomats, because ‘from the diplomatic standpoint’… something something…

So foreign diplomants know there is spying, but then complain about the spying they KNEW ABOUT, because they now KNOW what they already knew.

That makes SO MUCH SENSE even from you Masnick !!!

Do believe Brazilian diplomats do not spy ?? I bet they will not want to make too much noise, else they be exposed for their own activities.

Once again, Snowden is being used as a political pawn, and once again Masnick promotes and supports this conduct.

Snowden is running out of options, and being his 10th choice must really impress upon countries how desperate he is. And what he thinks of Countries he ‘wants’ to go to as the 10th or so choice, they are really going to want to pull out all stops to help Snowden.

It’s also quite clear, most countries now realise that he really has NO GROUNDS to seek asylum as he has not suffered or been treated any different that any other common criminal.

I wonder if Snowden suddenly got very ill, or contracted serious cancer what country we he most want to go to for treatment.
I bet in that case he would scoot his sick ass back to the US to ‘save him’..

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Everyone knew it, but we never knew how much or had any good proof.. At least until Snowden stood up and did what most would have never done and gave us that proof.

I don’t blame others for not wanting to do it though I mean look at his situation.. 🙁 I doubt I would give up everything I know and love even if it were for the greater good.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

Everyone knew, everyone is doing it, is just others are not getting caught doing it.

Now we will see a parade of liars saying how horrible those actions are and bla bla bla while they all try to emulate that same system to take advantage of it themselves.

Make no mistake about it, governments everywhere are looking hard at this and trying to make one of their own.

John says:

Re: Re:

A couple of points here.

1.) If Snowden got seriously ill he doesn’t have to go to the US to get first class treatment. Expensive treatment probably, but first class medical treatment is available in many places across the world.

2.) If he did go to the US for ‘the best’ medical treatment, he’s likely to be arrested before he gets it, and would be denied all but basic treatment afforded ‘common criminals.’ He’d probably be better of getting second class treatment elsewhere!

Why shouldn’t we support his conduct. If he took an oath he’s probably doing what he swore, to protect the constitution against enemies foreign and domestic. Something The Prez doesn’t seem willing to do.

Ninja (profile) says:

Re: I think Mr Snowden found a new home

Brazil adopts the same standards on customs and borders check as the foreign country does. So you’d need to go through cavity searches and intensive patting here while most South Americans can just go in with their original IDs. Now if you are complaining about TSA try visiting London…

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: More important

Since he’s in a Moscow airport and in a zone that Putin says “eeeh I can’t touch him and I don’t wanna”

It should be a straight forward matter to get him on a plane with special papers like he did flying from Hong Kong to Moscow.

Although one of these countries might have to play a complicated shell game to get him out of the Moscow airport (if he hasn’t already) given how the US somehow grounded the plane of a foreign president on the suspicion he was on that plane.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: More important

There is a big difference between shooting down a plane with an international diplomat on it over international waters and pressuring an allied country to simply refuse to let it enter their airspace such that the plane no longer has enough fuel to make the trip and has to make an emergency landing instead. Revoking approval to enter the airspace, isn’t an aggressive act, even if it is a despicable one. If he was on a plane that was supposed to fly non-stop through international airspace with enough fuel to do so, that would be an act of war. Is the US above doing such a thing? If they could do it covertly with no one watching, probably not. However, with the entire world watching and many nations already upset about the revelations, it would be a geo-political nightmare if they did. It’s difficult to say whether they would take that risk or not.

Anonymous Coward says:

James Bamford interview

James Bamford (author of Puzzle Palace, among other works) interviewed by DW. At

An excerpt: We all know the Germans and the Europeans spy on their neighbors, maybe also the US. Is there any difference to what the US does?

There is a big difference. President Barack Obama made a comment where he said, oh, we all spy on each other. The only difference is, the US spies with the eavesdropping equivalent of a nuclear weapon because of the money, the power, the technological capability of the US. The NSA is the largest intelligence agency in the world. Other countries spy with the equivalent of a cannon. One of the benefits the US has is that the major Internet companies are located in the US so they can put pressure on them to turn over information. If you look at the worldwide telecommunications net, almost all of it goes through the United States. 80 percent of telephone communications go through the United States. So the US is in the unique position of being able to eavesdrop on the world without much difficulty.
To a large degree, this a very counterproductive activity, if you’re trying to find a needle in a haystack, and that is the whole idea post-9/11, and if you keep putting more and more hay on the haystack, it makes it more difficult to find that needle.

Anonymous Coward says:

The Brazil spying might hurt Verizon

One suggestion is that the NSA has access to a Brazillion bits of data via cloning or splitting at NAP do Brasil in Sao Paulo.

From their page: “Opened in April of 2004, NAP do Brasil clients include all major carriers operating in Brazil, international content providers with local presence, ISP?s and System Integrators, among others.” From

Terremark do Brasil is wholly owned by Terremark Worldwide, which is (now) wholly owned by Verizon. As a non-US location, NSA spying on the network of Terremark do Brasil might not be subject to the same US legal terms as at the Terremark Miami-located NAP of the Americas.

RubyPanther says:

No, more like, as countries start whining about spying as if they don’t do it, then guaranteed a couple days later somebody is going to leak info about their spying.

Want to keep your secret spying program secret? Quit complaining about ours.

As for the whine that, well, it is bad if the US does it because we’re better at it… lolol no we’re not going to give you free nukes, either.

Robert says:

US Starting Global Cyber War

To say that the NSA does not require a warrant to spy on foreigners is a lie and tantamount to saying the US government is ‘THE’ global government and foreigners and third class residents on the globe with no rights.
Basically the NSA is taking powers beyond those granted by local police forces in those countries and abusing the privacy of those countries citizens with the corporate collusion of US corporations operating in those countries.
Basically the NSA is forcing the requirement that foreign countries must ban US communications corporations from operating within those countries in order to protect the communications rights of their citizens.
It appears the US is doing everything possible to force the commencement of global cyber warfare in order to feed the greed of the US military industrial complex.

Neil Cameron says:

US self harm

“Perhaps if the US didn’t treat so-called “allies” as enemies, it wouldn’t be having this problem in the first place.”

Put another way, if the US actually paid attention to protecting its interests in the rest of the world it would not have engaged such a policy in the first place.
This is going to raise some serious issues with any joint ventures or business deals, cast suspicion on Immigrants from the US and overall sour the perception of US and its citizens in the rest of the world (as if it wasn’t already sour enough).
There are those who shoot themselves in the foot, then there are those who do so and go on to stuff & mount the foot and hang it on their own living room wall for the world to see.

countermeasures1 (profile) says:

The NSA and Brazil

We got over the U-2 (Gary Powers) shoot-down when things were “hot” between the US and Soviet Union. Brazilian politicians are squat compared to when, at the The Paris Summit between President Eisenhower and Nikita Krushchev, negotiations collapsed in large part because Krushchev demanded an apology that Eisenhower was unwilling to give. Looks like Brazilian politicos are trying to use the Snowden “revelations” to divert constituent concern over the down-turning economy – sooo typical!

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