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, 8 Jul 2013 @ 9:26pm

    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, ISPís and System Integrators, among others." From http://www.terremark.com/data-centers/americas/nap-brazil.aspx

    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.
    See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAP_of_the_Americas

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