The United States government is rather upset at revelations by Edward Snowden concerning American activities in Latin America. Brazil, ostensibly, is an ally of the United States in the war against terrorism, but our spy enterprise feels quite comfortable spying on our allies. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff blasted the Obama administration for conducting espionage in her country. “Personal data of citizens was intercepted indiscrimnately. Corporate information –often of high economic and even strategic value-was at the center of espionage activity. Also, Brazilian diplomatic missions, …had their communications intercepted.” She went on to charge that “tampering in such a manner in the affairs of other countries is a breach of international law.”
So, according to the Obama administration, the guilty party is Edward Snowden. Funny, but the name of Edward Snowden is not on the list of complaints. It is Barack Obama, not Snowden who has shocked the people of the world. As President Rousseff understands, a friendly nation should not be spied on.