Take a page from the US’s new playbook, Canada: you don’t mess with Dilma Rousseff.
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Canada has been caught following the U.S.’s footsteps – and not in a good way. Serious allegations against the U.S. and the NSA regarding corporate espionage have recently become public, and since then, tensions between the U.S. and Brazil, two global superpower allies, have increased. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff demanded a formal apology from the American government after the NSA was accused of not only spying on Petrobras, the Brazilian oil multinational, but on the president’s circle’s personal phone calls and e-mails. She didn’t stop there – Rousseff went on to cancel her formal state visit with President Obama in Washington.
And yet, that was only round one. Former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, has leaked new documents and they point out another target on Brazil’s back. But this time, the Canadian Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada’s own version of the NSA, perpetrated the crime of industrial espionage. Once again, the serious allegations will most likely have harsh repercussions. Rousseff demanded explanations of one of Brazil’s biggest trading partners after the Brazilian television station “Globo” revealed the news. Why is the CSE “spying” on Brazilian mines and the energy ministry?
Such an act could obviously be a direct benefit to Canada’s own energy companies. The surveillance, as of now, does not seem to indicate a direct correlation between Canada and the protection of its citizens. If the communications prove to be solely conducted for economic purposes that benefit Canadian enterprises, the country will face some serious difficulties from the Brazilian president and people.
Infringements on any country’s national sovereignty are not and should not ever be taken lightly. In Brazil, the infringements will be severely reprimanded. Rousseff does not ask for change or respect, she demands it – and she has yet to receive the explanation that she demanded last Monday. Rights of the Brazilian government, people, or companies should by no means be violated to benefit another country for economic reasons. Unlawful or not, it is simply not right. This incident is proof, once again, of the reluctance of certain key world players to fully respect Brazil as the powerful, rich and prosperous nation that it is.