U.S. President Barack Obama called the Brazilian president yesterday in a failed attempt to avoid the cancellation of the Brazilian state visit next month. The cancellation decision was also finalize on September 14.
A Brazilian based Globo TV channel had accused the National Security Agency (NSA) for spying on country’s president and other government officials. that The president’s trip to the U.S. was under review since then.
The secret document exposed by the channel was provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to a Brazilian journalist Glenn Greenwald. The papers showed that communication between Dilma and advisers were monitored by the U.S. agency.
This would be the first state visit of a Brazilian in the U.S. in almost two decades. The last president to receive the honor was Fernando Henrique Cardoso in 1995. However, the president has promised the nation that she will speak against NSA’s spying activities at the opening of 68th General Assembly of the United Nations, to be held next week in New York.
It all started when ex NSA technician Edward Snowden exposed massive spying and surveillance PRISM project, since then U.S. has been facing embarrassment for spying over the governments all over the world.