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Revealed: NSA Put Latin American Countries in Cyber-Spying Crosshairs
07-09-2013, 11:19 PM,
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Revealed: NSA Put Latin American Countries in Cyber-Spying Crosshairs
Revealed: NSA Put Latin American Countries in Cyber-Spying Crosshairs
Latest revelations made possible by Edward Snowden show how "Prism" and "Boundless Informant" used worldwide
- Jon Queally, staff writer

Spying by the US National Security Agency has been rampant across Latin America in recent years, according to the latest revelations made possible by documents released by Edward Snowden, with the powerful agency looking not only into military affairs but also into "trade secrets" of its southern neighbors.

In a new expose in the Brazilian newspaper Jornal O Globo, journalists Glenn Greenwald, Robert Kaz, and Jose Casado show that after Brazil and Mexico, Colombia was the country most watched by the NSA.

As it did domestically and across Europe, the US agency employed the now familiar "Prism," "Boundless Informant," and other surveillance programs across the continent in order to look at the internet and telephone communications of people in Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Paraguay, Chile, Peru and El Salvador.

According to the report (roughly translated into English from the original Portuguese here):

One aspect that stands out in the documents is that, according to them, the United States does not seem to be interested only in military affairs but also in trade secrets - "oil" in Venezuela and "energy" in Mexico, according to a listing produced NSA in the first half of this year [...].

Colombia was the second priority target in Latin America over the past five years - after Brazil and Mexico - in spying activity of the National Security Agency. Agency documents, to which O GLOBO had access, show a collection of information in Colombia expressive and constantly in flux, although variable, in the period between 2008 and the first quarter of this year until March.

The revelations about spying in Latin America come as the NSA whistleblower responsible for leaking the documents to the press, Edward Snowden, continues his attempts to gain political asylum. Still stranded in the transit area of a Moscow airport, it appears that the 30-year-old former intelligence contractor's best hope for refuge is now in one of these Latin American countries, with Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua now offering him the possibility of protection.

According to the documents released by O Globo, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's former president who died earlier this year, was a cause for the US' close monitoring of that country. It is now Chavez's successor, Nicholas Maduro, who has stepped forward with the boldest offer for Snowden's asylum bid.

"We have received the asylum request letter,” Maduro confirmed on Monday from Caracas.

“We told this young man, ‘you are being persecuted by the [US] empire, come here’," he said. “He will have to decide when he flies, if he finally wants to fly here.”

For its part, Brazil has already expressed concern and anger over revelations that the NSA had turned its digital surveillance powers against its digital infrastructure and it seems likely that as other nations learn of the scope of the programs, that ire will spread across the continent.

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07-11-2013, 09:54 AM,
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RE: Revealed: NSA Put Latin American Countries in Cyber-Spying Crosshairs
Argentina’s President Kirchner: US Industrial Espionage Gave Me Chills Down My Spine

By Juan Cole, Informed Comment

10 July 13



he relationship between the United States and Latin America may have just plunged to its lowest level since the 1910s and 1920s, the height of US imperialism in the area, when United Fruit and the Marines imposed themselves on the region.

Glenn Greenwald, Roberto Kaz and José Casado revealed in an article for the Brazilian newspaper "O Globo" Tuesday that the US National Security Agency has most of Latin America under intensive surveillance. A few paras haves appeared in English at the Democratic Underground, which notes:

" One aspect that stands out in the documents is that, according to them, the United States does not seem to be interested only in military affairs but also in trade secrets - "oil" in Venezuela and "energy" in Mexico, according to a listing produced NSA in the first half of this year.

And that is the money para. While it is no surprise that the US would be monitoring Colombia, e.g., to track the narco-terrorist group FARC and drug smugglers, the article says that the US goes beyond such considerations to engage in industrial espionage:

"Through it [PRISM], the NSA collected data on oil and military purchases from Venezuela, energy and narcotics from Mexico, and have mapped the movement of the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC)."

Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner gave her country's Independence Day address after the revelations, commemorating the 1816 event. A leftist, she was clearly disturbed that big business and private media in Argentina are sanguine about the US surveillance. She said,

"The head of state continued: "I got chills down my spine when I went back to Bolivia and saw that a fellow president (Evo Morales) had been detained for 13 hours as though he were a thief." "I got chills down my spine when we discovered that they are spying on all of us through their intelligence services ... and on the other hand, within our own country, I hear only silence."

She had said earlier in the speech, ""I get chills down my spine when I hear the views of directors of other enterprises, including business leaders, who only immerse themselves in minutiae and do not realize what is happening . . ."

A few days ago, Kirchner pointed out sarcastically that for all the massive electronic spying in which the US engages, it couldn't seem to know that Edward Snowden was not on Evo Morales's plane.

The Latin American press is calling the way the US pressured Western European allies to deny Bolivian President Evo Morales's air force jet overflight rights and forced him to divert to Vienna, "Evo-gate."

And, the USG Open Source Center translates this item from the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

"INTERNATIONAL NEWS US Intelligence Surveillance of Electronic Communications Raises Concern -

On 7 July Brasilia Ministry of Foreign Affairs posts a statement from Minister Antonio Patriota expressing deep concern at news related to US intelligence agency surveillance of Brazilian citizen's communications. The communique announces that the Brazilian Government has requested that the matter be clarified and further that it will seek out the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for improvement of multilateral rules to govern the matter. Brazil will seek out the United Nations aiming to prohibit abuse and prevent invasion of privacy of virtual network users and establish clear standards "to ensure cyber security that protects citizens' rights and preserves sovereignty of all countries." The Brazilian broadcast and printed media granted broad coverage to the matter. On 7 July Lu Aiko Otta writes in Sao Paulo O Estado de S. Paulo that President [Dilma] Rousseff discussed the matter with cabinet members at a meeting and approved measures to be implemented to call for US Government explanation."

Euronews has video:

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/18344-argentinas-president-kirchner-us-industrial-espionage-gave-me-chills-down-my-spine
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