Brazil and Mexico summoned US ambassadors on Monday to demand explanations over allegations that the National Security Agency spied on their presidents’ communications,AFP reports
Brazil’s Foreign Minister Luis Figueiredo said the interception of Internet data from President Dilma Rousseff reported by US journalist Glenn Greenwald, if proven, “represents an unacceptable and unallowable violation of Brazilian sovereignty.”
In Mexico, the foreign ministry said it sent a diplomatic note to Washington calling for an “exhaustive investigation” into claims that the NSA spied on President Enrique Pena Nieto and warned that, if true, the snooping would be a “violation of international rights.”
The claims reported by Greenwald, who obtained secret files from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, follow allegations of widespread US electronic espionage in Latin America that angered the region’s leaders.
The report emerged as Rousseff and Pena Nieto prepare to travel to Russia later this week for a Group of 20 summit during which they will see US President Barack Obama.
Rousseff is also scheduled to visit Washington in October.