Brazil May Seek to Speak With Snowden as Spy Charges Spread


Brazil’s government said it may contact fugitive former security contractor Edward Snowden as it probes allegations the U.S. monitored phone calls and e-mail in Latin America’s largest economy.

“Mr. Snowden’s participation in an investigation is absolutely relevant and pertinent,” Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota said in Senate testimony to discuss allegations that were first reported by O Globo newspaper last week. “I don’t rule out the hypothesis of seeking out contact with Mr. Snowden, something that doesn’t need to be carried out on Brazilian territory. It can be done another way.”

Patriota’s interest in speaking to Snowden comes as governments across Latin America, even those with close ties to the U.S. such as Colombia and Mexico, demand explanations about the extent of American surveillance activities in the region.

In Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff said today the government is awaiting the results of probes by the police and telecommunications regulator to determine what steps to take next. U.S. surveillance activities may also be discussed when the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and other South American nations gather July 12 in Uruguay for a summit of the Mercosur trade bloc, Patriota told lawmakers.

O Globo reported July 6 that Brazil was a priority target of U.S. monitoring alongside countries including China, Pakistan and Iran. The article was co-written by American journalist Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Rio de Janeiro, and based..

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