September 17, 2013

Dilma Rousseff Cancels Visit To The U.S. And Will Remove Brazil From U.S. Centric Internet


Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has canceled her trip to the U.S. over NSA spying, O Globo reports on Tuesday.

Signs had emerged earlier this month that Rousseff would cancel the state visit scheduled for October 23,  including a statement from one unnamed Brazilian official who said of the spying scandal,  "This is a major, major crisis .... There needs to be an apology. It needs to be public. Without that, it's basically impossible for her to go to Washington in October."
Rousseff had a 20-minute phone conversation with President Obama on Monday to discuss the revelations that the NSA had spied on Latin American citizens including the presidents of Brazil and Mexico, but Rousseff was unsatisfied with Obama's explanations for the surveillance, the Brazilian newspaper reported.
In a further sign of spying backlash, Rousseff is pushing legislative measures for her country to "divorce itself from the U.S.-centric Internet" by storing Internet data from Facebook and Google locally to keep it out of the reach of the NSA's prying eyes.
According to the Associated Press, Rousseff asked a legislator to add the language about Facebook and Google data to an Internet bill that "has been before Brazil's lower house since 2011," but the President can force a vote on a bill within 45 days.

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