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Brazil demands explanation over US spying on IMF

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Brazil has called an unscheduled meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over reports of the US National Security Agency (NSA) spying on the financial institution.

ON Wednesday, Brazil’s IMF representative, Paulo Nogueira Batista, called on the IMF executive board to convene to ask for explanations on the reported NSA espionage.

The official declined to divulge what was said at the meeting, citing the directors’ obligation to keep their discussions confidential.

The IMF and the World Bank are the latest targets of NSA’s global surveillance program.

Late last month, reports citing unnamed US officials said US President Barack Obama ordered the NSA to end its electronic surveillance of the IMF and the World Bank. But the White House has not officially admitted to spying on the two financiers.

The NSA has already been shown to have monitored phone records of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and snooped on the country’s energy firm, Petrobras.

Concerns over Washington’s espionage rose after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked classified data about Washington’s massive surveillance programs.

The former CIA employee leaked two top secret US government spying programs under which the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are eavesdropping on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

The NSA scandal took even broader dimensions when Snowden revealed information about its espionage activities targeting friendly countries.


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