By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has canceled her state visit to the United States this October over allegations that the U.S. spied on the telecommunications of Brazilian citizens and Rousseff’s inner circle of advisors. This is the latest development in the diplomatic row that has strained relations between the two allies.

Rousseff Cancels State Visit to U.S., Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News
President Dilma Rousseff visited the U.S. in October 2012, but canceled her State Visit this October, photo by Robert Stuckert Filho/ABr.

Despite a twenty-minute phone call from President Barack Obama on Monday night to explain the U.S.’ National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program, President Rousseff decided to postpone her trip.

In a release circulated yesterday, Rousseff’s press office said that the two countries had not reached an agreement on the allegations and that Brazil had not received proper explanations over the breadth of the spying program.

“The illegal practices of interception of communication and citizens’ data, companies and members of the Brazilian government constitute a serious threat to national sovereignty and individual rights and it is incompatible with democratic coexistence between friendly countries,” the press release read.

“Taking into account the proximity of the State Visit to Washington – and in the absence of a swift investigation into what happened, with the corresponding explanations and the commitment to cease interception activities – the conditions for the visit on the previously agreed upon date are not there.”

The decision to postpone the meeting was billed as a mutual agreement by both governments. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters in Washington that both leaders felt the surveillance program would dominate the agenda during the State Visit and would not allow the presidents to discuss issues of bilateral interest.

President Rousseff has been tough on the U.S. spying accusations since they were first published in O Globo in July. News of the American-run surveillance program came from NSA contractor turned whistleblower, Edward Snowden, by way of Glenn Greenwald, a Rio de Janeiro-based journalist.

In August, fresh allegations of spying on President Dilma Rousseff’s inner circle of advisors were met with much anger and further demands for transparency. Last week, Greenwald revealed Brazil’s largest company, Petrobras, had also been targeted by the U.S.’ surveillance program.

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  1. Just hope this will not create a negative position for Embraer future business with USA and also other products that USA gets from Brazil.

  2. It is my belief that what is happening in Brazil, though not easily related,is what is being planned for India, Russia, and China. The reason the US is sending intelligence groups for ‘counter-narcotics’ exercises, could be the same as ‘limited strikes’ on Syria. What Brazil and Syria have in common, is they have access to petroleum. Syria is a front door to Tehran, which is currently suppling crude oil and natural gas to Russia, China, and India. The United States is postioning itself to step-in on countries’ sovereignty, not because of narcotics, chemical or nuclear capability. It’s because the United States is a petroleum-based currency. The federal reserve said it will continue to print money, signaling the funding needed not to avert a goverment shutdown, but to start a major conflict. And it’s targeting the BIRC stocks because they have access to petroleum, but more importantly, are using thier own currency to devalue the dollar. Brazil will be occupied for petroleum, no different than Iran, unless we address the warning signs as a global community.

  3. @Leila

    I know a bit about US Government contracting, and can say with 100% certainty that this will not interfere. A reasonable bid from a friendly country like Brazil has to be accepted. There is also legal recourse that could hold contract execution up for years, should Brazil feel discriminated against.


    I love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy, but yours is way off the mark. You are dead on about the petro-dollar and US inflation, but off about Syria. It is my belief that Russia enjoys being the sole-supplier of natural gas to Europe, and the Assad Regime likes Russia’s protection. No Assad = pipeline from others to Europe.



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