Rousseff castigates Canada for spying

AFP-JIJI

President Dilma Rousseff on Monday hit out at alleged Canadian spying on Brazil’s Mining and Energy Ministry, demanding that the United States and its allies stop such practices.

She said on her Twitter account that revelations aired by Globo television Sunday that the Mining and Energy Ministry was targeted by Canadian intelligence “confirm the economic and strategic motives” behind the electronic espionage.

Rousseff said Brasilia wanted explanations from Ottawa, which has mining interests in her country.

Canadian Ambassador to Brazil Jamal Khokhar on Monday was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, where chief diplomat Luiz Alberto Figueiredo delivered a strong protest and demanded an explanation.

But the Canadian government stayed silent on the report, with Defense Ministry spokeswoman Julie Dimambro refusing to comment on foreign intelligence gathering activities.

Sunday’s Globo report followed earlier disclosures, also based on documents leaked by ex-U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, that the U.S. National Security Agency snooped on Rousseff’s communications with her aides, on phone call and email data of millions of Brazilians as well as on state-run energy giant Petrobras.

Globo cited leaked documents, purportedly from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, showing a detailed outline of the Brazilian ministry’s communications, including phone calls, email and Internet traffic.