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Exclusive: Germany, Brazil Turn to U.N. to Restrain American Spies

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Colum Lynch, Shane Harris, John Hudson
Foreign Policy [1]
October 25, 2013

Brazil and Germany today joined forces to press for the adoption of a U.N. General Resolution that promotes the right of privacy on the internet, marking the first major international effort to restrain the National Security Agency’s intrusions into the online communications of foreigners, according to diplomatic sources familiar with the push.

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The effort follows a German claim that the American spy agency may have tapped the private telephone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and dozens of other world leaders. It also comes about one month after Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff denounced NSA espionage against her country [2] as “a breach of international law” in a General Assembly speech and proposed that the U.N. establish legal guidelines to prevent “cyberspace from being used as a weapon of war.”

Brazilian and German diplomats met in New York today with a small group of Latin American and European governments to consider a draft resolution that calls for expanding privacy rights contained in the International Covenant Civil and Political Rights to the online world. The draft does not refer to a flurry of American spying revelations that have caused a political uproar around the world, particularly in Brazil and Germany. But it was clear that the revelation provided the political momentum to trigger today’s move to the United Nations. The blowback from the NSA leaks [3]continues to agonize U.S. diplomats and military officials concerned about America’s image abroad.

“This is an example of the very worst aspects of the Snowden disclosures,” a former defense official with deep experience in NATO, told The Cable, referring to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. “It will be very difficult for the US to dig out of this, although we will over time. The short term costs in credibility and trust are enormous.”

Full article here [4]


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[1] Foreign Policy: http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/

[2] denounced NSA espionage against her country: http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/09/24/dilma_blasts_us_spies_as_international_crooks

[3] blowback from the NSA leaks: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/10/10/nsa_veterans_the_white_house_is_hanging_us_out_to_dry

[4] Full article here: http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/10/24/exclusive_germany_brazil_turn_to_un_to_restrain_american_spies

[5] Brazil may reject US fighter jet deal over NSA spying scandal: http://www.prisonplanet.com/brazil-may-reject-us-fighter-jet-deal-over-nsa-spying-scandal.html

[6] Brazil’s president condemns NSA spying: http://www.prisonplanet.com/brazils-president-condemns-nsa-spying.html

[7] Brazil, Argentina to eliminate US dollar: http://www.prisonplanet.com/brazil-argentina-to-eliminate-us-dollar.html

[8] Brazil to deploy National Security troops against protesters: http://www.prisonplanet.com/brazil-to-deploy-national-security-troops-against-protesters.html

[9] Brazil, Argentina abandon US dollar: http://www.prisonplanet.com/brazil-argentina-abandon-us-dollar.html

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