The United States

Nosy neighbour

Print edition : October 04, 2013

U.S. President Barack Obama talks to Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff (centre) as Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto (left) looks on at the G20 summit on September 6 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Obama assured them that the allegations that the NSA had spied on their personal and official communications would be investigated. Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP

Jose Eduardo Cardozo,Brazil’s Justice Minister. Brazil has sought an apology from the U.S. Photo: EVARISTO SA/AFP

Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian played a key role in exposing the U.S. surveillance programme. Photo: LIA DE PAULA/AFP

Boeing Company is among the firms whose business with Brazil may be affected. Photo: Duncan Chard/Bloomberg

The U.S. is estimated to have spent over $500 billion on intelligence since 9/11. Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP

Angry reactions from Brazil and Mexico to revelations that personal communications of their Presidents were intercepted by U.S. intelligence put the Obama administration on the back foot.
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