In sharp reaction to the latest NSA leak revealing Canada’s acute interest in the Brazilian mining industry, President Dilma Rousseff condemned the “cyberwar” launched by the US and its allies against Brazil and demanded they stop the espionage, Russia Today reports. Brazil’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Canadian ambassador demanding clarification of what it called a “serious and unacceptable violation” of the country’s sovereignty and the right to privacy, a ministry statement said.
Rousseff’s initial fiery comments came via her Twitter account, where she posted 9 messages in a row condemning Canada’s alleged spying activities. “That is unacceptable among countries that claim to be partners. We reject this cyberwar,” the Brazilian President wrote.
“The United States and its allies must immediately stop their spying activity once and for all,” Rousseff tweeted. On Sunday, Brazilian TV Globo released the latest leaks on the American and allied spying network obtained by Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald from the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The report detailed how the US National Security Agency (NSA) interacted with the Communication Security Establishment (CSE) of Canada to get data using software called Olympia from phone calls, internet traffic and emails flowing out of the Brazilian ministry.
It also claimed the method of cracking the Ministry’s cyber defenses were discussed and shared among the ‘Five Eyes’ spy network, which includes the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. According to the report, Canada has been particularly interested in the Brazilian mining industry, Rousseff pointed out. This confirms that the espionage had economic and strategic purposes, she added.
Australian govt talked PRISM before Snowden revelations
Highly-redacted documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws show the Australian Attorney-General’s Department prepared a secret briefing on the US PRISM spying program months before it was exposed in Edward Snowden’s leaks. The documents in question were requested and obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). They reveal that the Attorney-General’s Department had a briefing on US PRISM spying program scheduled for March 21, and that’s more than two months before the program’s role in US global surveillance was exposed in reports based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden.
The timing for the PRISM-briefing is actually the biggest news coming out of the nine pages of paperwork made public by the Australian government. Much of the text has been taken out, citing national security concerns.
Among the totally blacked out things are talking points concerning the effect of PRISM on the privacy of Australians and also the analysis of the media reporting following the release of the leaked NSA papers.
According to Edward Snowden’s leaks, made public in June, Australia is one of the “Five Eyes” – an alliance of intelligence-sharing countries which also include Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the US. The report on Australia’s role in US surveillance in the Brazilian newspaper O Globo pointed at four facilities in Australia which contributed heavily to US spying.
In the wake of the NSA scandal, a surveillance deal struck between Australia’s largest phone company, Telstra, and the FBI was disclosed.