Monday, October 07, 2013

CSE targeted Brazilian Mines and Energy Ministry

From the Globe and Mail ("Canadian spies targeted Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry: report," Associated Press, 6 October 2013):
A Brazilian television report that aired Sunday night said Canadian spies targeted Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry.

The report on Globo television was based on documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and was the latest showing that Latin America’s biggest country has been a target for U.S., British and now Canadian spy agencies.

The report said the metadata of phone calls and emails from and to the Brazilian ministry were targeted by Canada’s Communications Security Establishment to map the ministry’s communications, using a software program called Olympia. It didn’t indicate if emails were read or phone calls listened to.

Brazilian Mines and Energy Minister Edison Lobao told Globo that “Canada has interests in Brazil, above all in the mining sector. I can’t say if the spying served corporate interests or other groups.”

American journalist Glenn Greenwald, based in Rio de Janeiro, worked with Globo on its report. Greenwald broke the first stories about the NSA’s global spy program focusing on Internet traffic and phone calls.

Globo previously reported that the communications of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and also state-run oil company Petrobras were targeted by NSA spying.

Earlier, Greenwald wrote articles in the O Globo newspaper saying that the NSA was gathering metadata on billions of emails, phone calls and other Internet data flowing through Brazil, an important transit point for global communications.
The English text version of TV Globo's report on the documents is here: "American and Canadian Spies target Brazilian Energy and Mining Ministry," Fantastico, 6 October 2013.

Latest Globe and Mail article here: Colin Freeze, "Brazil spying report spotlights Canada’s electronic eavesdroppers," Globe and Mail, 7 October 2013

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