Blunder as Brazil President Labels US Surveillance a Breach of International Law

Dilma Rousseff the Brazilian president has aimed a furious attack on the US spy cases during the general assembly before the UN. The president accused the NSA of breaching international law by collecting the personal information of Brazilian citizens. She further accused the USA of targeting her country’s economy strategically through economic espionage.

The angry speech delivered by Rousseff was directly targeting President Barack Obama who later delivered his own speck before the UN general assembly. The speech addressed issues concerning documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden who has caused the most heated diplomatic fallout to date. Brazil’s President had already shown her anger by cancelling a planned visit to Washington which was a clear sign of her protest in regards to the sky organisation. Her anger was flamed by Mr Snowden leaking files which showed that the US used eavesdropping techniques in order to keep surveillance on the Brazilian Presidents phone calls. Further, monitoring was conducted on Petrobras the state oil corporation as well as Brazilian embassies.

Rousseff stated that corporate information which was generally of high economic value was at the centre of the espionage conducted by the US. She also took the opportunity to state the interception the communication her home lands diplomatic missions which included missions with the UN and her personal office. In her rallying speech she sought to gain support on a global scale while illustrating the overwhelming security and spy powers which the US have at their disposal.

She continued by saying that the tampering in the manner it was conducted amounted to a breach of international law and is contrary to the principles which guide the countries relations among them and emphasised the important this has among friendly nations. The presidents expressed her view that the safety of a nations citizens can never be achieved if their human rights are violated by another nation.

The White House has failed to smooth over its relations with the Brazilian government over recent events with the response being that Rousseff has proposed that Brazil create their domestic internet infrastructure. The President requested that the UN supervise the creation of a new global legal system which governs the internet. She stated that the law should aim to guarantee freedom of expression as well as secure individuals privacy and their fundamental human rights.