NSA picked content from Brazilian President’s phones, emails and texts

Shobhan Saxena
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India among the list of countries watched and classifiedas “Friends, Enemies, or Problems?”

Glenn Greenwald
Glenn Greenwald

The public assertions by top U.S. leaders that their global surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency (NSA) only looked at “patterns of communications,” and not content, to “fight terrorism” was blown to bits on Sunday night as it was revealed that the agency monitored the content of telephone calls, emails and cellphone messages of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her key advisers.

In addition to Ms. Rouseff, Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto was targeted when he was only a candidate for the office.

In another top-secret document revealed on Sunday night by Globo TV, both Brazil and Mexico are placed in a group of countries that are being closely monitored as a “challenge” by the U.S. Headlined “Friends, Enemies, or Problems?,” the list begins with Brazil and Egypt. It has India at number 3 and ends with Turkey and Mexico.

In an exclusive report for Globo TV, The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who received thousands of top-secret documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in June, showed slides and documents from a 2012 presentation about the NSA’s operation whose goal was “to improve understanding of the methods of communication and the interlocutors of the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and her top aides.”

The explosive revelation may further damage the Brazil-U.S. relations, which have been under stress since it was revealed in July that the Americans were collecting huge amount of electronic data — phone and Internet records — from the country’s networks.

Now, the latest revelation of the NSA’s secret presentation called “Smart Filtering data: Case study of Mexico and Brazil” has exposed the extent of penetration of the country’s networks by the American agency.

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