By Dow Jones Business News, September 24, 2013, 11:55:00 AM EDT
BRASILIA--Recent terrorist acts around the globe deserve condemnation and a firm international response, but they
can't serve as justification for government-sponsored espionage between nations, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said
In a televised speech before the United Nations General Assembly, the president said Brazil was determined to protect
itself against spying and rejected arguments that spying was required for security purposes.
"The arguments that illegal interception of information and data are destined to protect nations against terrorism are
unsustainable," she said.
Ms. Rousseff made the declarations before the U.N. in response to revelations in the international press earlier this
year that Brazil had been the target of espionage programs sponsored by the U.S. National Security Agency.
According to some reports, communications from Brazil's state-controlled oil company, Petrobras (PBR, PETR4.BR), and
from Ms. Rousseff herself had come under surveillance by the NSA.
Ms. Rousseff strongly condemned terrorist acts this week in Kenya and expressed solidarity with the victims. She said,
additionally, that Brazil has a policy of fighting terrorism and didn't shelter terrorists.
"Terrorism, wherever it occurs, will always receive our unequivocal condemnation and firm determination to combat it,"
The alleged spying, she said, was made worse by the fact that it was done with the assistance of some private
companies that operate across international borders.
To counter the espionage programs, Ms. Rousseff said that Brazil would reinforce its electronic security and also call
for discussion of international regulation of Internet use and governance through the U.N.
"Telecommunications and information technology can't become the new battlefield between nations," she said.
Following Ms. Rousseff's speech Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama told the General Assembly that the U.S.
government was determined to take actions to balance the actions of its surveillance programs with the privacy needs of
individuals and foreign countries.
Ms. Rousseff recently postponed a state visit to Washington scheduled for October, arguing that the U.S. government
had so far provided insufficient explanations and remedies for its alleged surveillance activities.
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