Whistle-blower and the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has told reporters that the United States National Security Agency (NSA) intercepts nearly all of South America’s communications.
Assange is the founder of the whistle-blowing website, WikiLeaks. Over the weekend the website leaked a trove of documents implicating the NSA in wire-tapping.
The classified documents disclose the role of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency on French, German and Brazilian officials and citizens.
In the latest revelations, the NSA is implicated in wire-tapping 29 Brazilian high-level government and economic officials.
Sputnik News reports:
The revelations fueled a rift in bilateral ties created by a similar disclosures in 2013, when Brazilian President Dilma Roussef’s communications were also revealed to have been tapped.
“Ninety-eight percent of Latin American communications are intercepted by the NSA while passing through the United States to the world,” Assange said in an interview with Chile’s El Mostrador publication.
Assange stressed the role of Internet giants Google and Facebook in assisting the NSA with its dragnet data collection program.
“They are physically in the United States and therefore under their legal jurisdiction, with punitive laws used to force them to hand over the information they are collecting,” Assange said.
On a global scale, the mastermind behind WikiLeaks lamented that neither company is “financially motivated to stop collecting the world’s information.” The most recent disclosures of classified communications concern the NSA’s surveillance of French and German, in addition to Brazilian, officials.
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