Brazilian President Cancels State Visit Over NSA Surveillance
The President of Brazil has canceled a state visit to the White House over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs:
Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported Tuesday that president Dilma Rousseff was so miffed over the National Security Agency snooping into her communications that she decided to cancel her trip to the White House on October 23.
According to Reuters, President Obama spent twenty minutes on the phone with Rousseff last night but she still refused to come. Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed Tuesday afternoon that, yes, Rousseff will no longer be visiting Washington. Obama agrees this is the right thing to do because “the relationship is so important,” Carney told reporters Tuesday. The White House also released this statement:
The President has said that he understands and regrets the concerns disclosures of alleged U.S. intelligence activities have generated in Brazil and made clear that he is committed to working together with President Rousseff and her government in diplomatic channels to move beyond this issue as a source of tension in our bilateral relationship.
The White House hopes they can reschedule. But you know how these things can go.
Of course, the NSA probably knew about her decision before the President did.