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NSA Spies On Colombia, Country Demands Answers

July 10, 2013

NSA spying isn’t just domestic. Revelations have emerged that the United States has been spying on it’s closest military ally in Latin America. Today, the Colombian government demanded answers as to why it has been subjected to such invasive data collection.

These concerns are poised to cause major problems in a region where the U.S. has invested a great deal of time and money to warding off violent South American Marxists. While Edward Snowden is still in a Russian airport, he has been offered asylum by 3 South American nations and remains at-large.


(Reuters) – Colombia expressed concern early on Wednesday after revelations the United States had spied on the Andean nation, its closest military ally in Latin America, and called for an explanation.

In a brief statement at midnight, Colombia’s foreign ministry said it “registered its concern” that there had been an “unauthorized data collection program” and asked that the U.S. government give an account of its actions through its embassy in Bogota.

A leading Brazilian newspaper reported on Tuesday that the U.S. National Security Agency targeted most Latin American countries with spying programs that monitored Internet traffic, especially in Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico

Citing documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. intelligence contractor, O Globo newspaper said the NSA programs went beyond military affairs in the region to what it termed “commercial secrets,” including oil and energy.


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