The National Security Agency spied on the presidents of Mexico and Brazil, including reading the Mexican leader’s emails before he was even elected, journalist Glenn Greenwald reported Sunday.
Greenwald told Brazilian news program “Fantastico” that a document dated June 2012 indicated that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s emails were being accessed, according to the Associated Press. Pena Nieto wasn’t actually elected until a month later.
The document doesn’t indicate that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was having her messages specifically intercepted in the same way, Greenwald told the AP in an email, “[b]ut it is clear in several ways that her communications were intercepted, including the use of DNI Presenter, which is a program used by NSA to open and read emails and online chats.”
Brazilian Justice Minister Eduardo Cardozo told the newspaper O Globo that “if the facts of the report are confirmed, they would be considered very serious and would constitute a clear violation of Brazil’s sovereignty,” the AP reported.
“This is completely outside the standard of confidence expected of a strategic partnership, as the U.S. and Brazil have,” Cardozo said.
Greenwald, who was the first to reveal details of the NSA’s surveillance programs using leaked documents from Edward Snowden, previously reported that Brazilian communications were a major target of NSA operations. Greenwald is a U.S. journalist who lives in Rio de Janeiro.