Report: U.S. Spying On Energy Developments In Latin American Countries

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July 10, 2013 8:20 a.m.

The United States is tapping into emails and phone calls to collect information on oil and other energy issues in Latin American countries, Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

“The O Globo newspaper said it has access to some of the documents released by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden” the AP wrote. “The American journalist who obtained the classified information from Snowden lives in Brazil and is helping write stories for the daily.”

The documents detailed the U.S. effort to gather information on oil in Venezuela and energy in Mexico, though no further information was released about what type of data the U.S. collects or which companies were targetted, the AP reported.

“The report also said that Colombia, the strongest U.S. military ally in South America, along with Mexico and Brazil, were the countries where the U.S. program intercepted the biggest chunks of information on emails and telephone calls during the last five years. Similar activities took place in Argentina and Ecuador, among others,” according to AP. 

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says Brazil will bring the issue up at the United Nations.

A video from O Globo shows journalist Glenn Greenwald discussing U.S. surveillence in Latin America, in Portuguese.

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