Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The bilateral meeting of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 23 has been cancelled amid her complaint the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on her personal communications.
In a statement on Tuesday, the White House said both presidents agreed to reset their meeting in a future date to prevent the controversy from overshadowing their countries’ relationship.
Rousseff has sought Washington’s explanation on media reports that the NSA allegedly spied on her mobile phone conversations and e-mails as well as that of her advisers and Brazil’s biggest corporation Petrobras. The reports published in the Brazilian newspaper O Globo and aired on the Globo TV network cited documents provided by fugitive ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden to The Guardian correspondent Glenn Greenwald.
Her office issued a statement denouncing the interception of communications of citizens, businesses and members of the Brazilian government. It called the alleged spying illegal, a threat to national sovereignty and individual rights.
Obama said he will look into the allegations but this will take several months to complete.