Brazil's Rousseff: Obama took responsibility for NSA spying

By REUTERS
September 6, 2013 15:43
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RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, angered by a recent report that the US government spied on her communications, said on Friday that US President Barack Obama had taken responsibility for what happened and that she may proceed with a planned visit to Washington next month.

Rousseff, speaking to reporters following a one-on-one meeting with Obama on the sidelines of an international summit in Russia late on Thursday, said the US president had agreed to respond formally to the spying allegations by next Wednesday.

"My trip to Washington depends on the political conditions to be created by President Obama," said Rousseff, according to the official Twitter feed of the Brazilian presidency.

Obama promised to give the Brazilian government an answer by next Wednesday to its request for an explanation to the spying report, Rousseff said before leaving Russia. Obama pledged to be directly responsible for investigating what happened, she said.

A Brazilian news program reported on Sunday that the US National Security Agency spied on emails, phone calls and text messages of Rousseff and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. The report by Globo TV was based on documents leaked by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


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