Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, furious at allegations that the National Security Agency spied on her, has cancelled her upcoming diplomatic trip to the United States.
Rousseff, who was scheduled to travel to D.C. on October 23rd, didn’t immediately offer an explicit reason. On Sunday, Brazil’s O Globo news agency announced documents, originally obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, showed that the NSA extensively monitored Rousseff’s emails, phone calls, and text messages.
Brazilian foreign minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo called the spying “an inadmissible and unacceptable violation of Brazilian sovereignty” on Monday. At the time, he hinted that it might lead to Rousseff canceling her trip.
Nieto also said that he will address the issue with Obama during the current G20 meeting, where all three presidents are meeting in Russia.
UPDATE: Rousseff met with Obama one-on-one and told reporters he has taken responsibility for what happened. She’s now considering continuing with her trip to Washington after all.
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