Next Asylum: Brazil!Submitted by Linda Cross on Tue, 07/09/2013 - 12:54
Brazil Senate Rallies Support for Edward Snowden while accusing the USA of Espionage. Senators on both sides of the aisle support asylum for Edward Snowden.
Senators Requido.Senator Eduardo Suplicy and Senator Lindberg Farias called Edward Snowden a hero and lamented the shame that other countries had granted Snowden asylum while Brazil, which was a target of US espionage, did not.
Senator Dias demanded that President Obama be asked for an explanation and called for the cancelling of the Head of State visit to Washington in October.
Senator Farias described Snowden as courageous for putting his life on the line to disclose the international espionage against the citizens of the world. Senator Lindbergh said "It is one of the basic principles of democracy, this right of privacy, and I think this young man, Edward Snowden, has to be treated differently."
Aloysis Nunes, leader of the PSDB, did not advocate asylum for Snowden, but did state that national defense is the defense of Brazilian citizens in their privacy that can not be violated by a spy system like the one revealed by Edward Snowden.
The Senate President, Renan, said that congress should demand an explanation and described the actions of the USA as an "unacceptable intrusion".
Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ricardo Ferraco, stated that the principle of confidentiality is a premise of civilization. The Government should demand an apology from the US Government if this story is confirmed.
In a statement, the Senate called "Unwarranted intrusion" of the intelligence agencies of the United States 'Espionage' in Brazil. The text states that "The Brazilian Government has to "require all explanations" and Congress has "an obligation to ascertain the veracity of the fact".
Source: O Globo Mundo
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