Brazil: Reporter May Testify on Snowden-Leaked US Spying Allegations

Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 11:42 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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A Brazilian parliamentary commission investigating spying allegations says journalist Glenn Greenwald of the British newspaper The Guardian has been asked to testify next week on information on the incidents, mostly received from Edward Snowden, the BBC reports.
 
Greenwald recently wrote that U.S. officials monitored communications from Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s office, information he mostly received from National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Snowden.
 
According to Greenwald, the NSA spied on discussions between aides to the Brazilian leader and accessed all Internet content that she had visited online.
 
Another recent report accused U.S. authorities of spying on the Brazilian oil company Petrobras. The firm's president and five Brazilian ministers are also expected to testify.
 
The Brazilian commission wants to probe whether the alleged spying on Petrobras could have compromised the integrity of the public auction of a major oil field scheduled next month, according to the BBC.
 
Rousseff is expected to go ahead with a planned visit to Washington in October, despite fierce criticism in Brazil over alleged U.S. spying.
 
Brazilian senators will invite a number of senior government officials including Minister of Communications Paulo Bernardo, Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo, Defense Minister Celso Amorim, and Foreign Relations Minister Luiz Figueiredo to testify.
 
Greenwald was the first journalist to reveal the secret documents leaked by Snowden in June. Since then, he has written a series of stories about surveillance by U.S. and British authorities.

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