REUTERS: At U.N., Brazil's Rousseff Blasts U.S. Spying As Breach Of LawSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 12:44
REUTERS: At U.N., Brazil's Rousseff Blasts U.S. Spying As Breach Of Law
By Daniel Trotta
UNITED NATIONS | Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:14pm EDT
(Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used her position as the opening speaker at the U.N. General Assembly to accuse the United States of violating human rights and international law through espionage that included spying on her email.
Rousseff had expressed her displeasure last week by calling off a high-profile state visit to the United States scheduled for October over reports that the U.S. National Security Agency had been spying on Brazil.
In unusually strong language, Rousseff launched a blistering attack on U.S. surveillance, calling it an affront to Brazilian sovereignty and "totally unacceptable."
"Tampering in such a manner in the lives and affairs of other countries is a breach of international law and, as such, it is an affront to the principles that should otherwise govern relations among countries, especially among friendly nations," Rousseff told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.