US spied on Brazil's President and top officials

WikiLeaks disclosed documents Saturday detailing the National Security Agency’s wiretapping of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

US spied on Brazil's President and top officials

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The US spy agency bugged the phone of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff along with her top political and financial officials, according to new information released by WikiLeaks.

“Our publication today shows the U.S. has a long way to go to prove its dragnet surveillance on ‘friendly’ governments is over,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wrote in a statement, acccording to The Hill news.

“The U.S. has not just [been] targeting Rousseff but the key figures she talks to everyday,” he added.

WikiLeaks said the NSA eavesdropped on 29 critical Brazilian phone numbers, including Rousseff’s palace office line and her presidential jet’s number. It also wiretapped phone numbers for Brazil’s foreign minister, ambassadors and military chiefs.

The group said the NSA conducted an “economic espionage campaign” by spying on those in charge of Brazil’s economy.

That initiative targeted the head of Brazil’s Central Bank.

WikiLeaks additionally said the NSA surveyed Brazil’s diplomacy abroad in a number of locations.

The agency reportedly spied on Brazil’s ambassadors to the U.S., Germany, France, Switzerland and the European Union.

Publication of the list sheds new light on the spying scandal that first erupted in 2013 and damaged relations between the US and Brazil, prompting Rousseff to cancel a state visit to Washington in an embarrassment for US President Barack Obama.

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