Spying scandal may affect US-Mexico relations/militarization

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The spying scandal, first reported in the article below, may foreclose USG-friendly policy options in Brazil and Mexico. As the Mexican government is forced to respond to threats to Mexican sovereignty, policies supported by the USG, which have been increasingly unpopular in Mexico, like the Merida Initiative and Mexican oil industry, may have to be delayed. The scandal seems to be already forcing the Brazilian President Rousseff to act, with Brazilian foreign minister, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo calling the actions of the US government “an inadmissible and unacceptable violation of Brazilian sovereignty”. Let’s see if they put their money with their mouth is and defend Brazilian sovereignty or if it’s just for show.

We’ll find out soon if Mexican President Pena Nieto is just a US pawn or if he has any real concern for the sovereignty of his own country.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/03/5704721/nsa-leak-might-lead-to-cancellation.html#storylink=cpy

Here below is the original article outlining the Snowden revalations revealed by US whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

Documentos revelam esquema de agência dos EUA para espionar Dilma
Fantástico apresenta uma reportagem exclusiva e reveladora: como é que o maior sistema de espionagem do mundo está de olho no Brasil.
01/09/2013
Fantástico apresentou uma reportagem exclusiva e reveladora: como é que o maior sistema de espionagem do mundo está de olho no Brasil. Veja, passo a passo, como a agência de segurança nacional dos Estados Unidos consegue monitorar as comunicações no centro do poder, em Brasília, inclusive da presidente Dilma Rousseff.

A reportagem é de Sônia Bridi e Glenn Greenwald.

Rest of interview in Portuguese here.

Translation into English here.

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