Report: NSA Mined Latin America Energy Data
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A US spy program is widely targeting data in emails and telephone calls across Latin America, and is focusing on energy issues, not just information related to military, political or terror topics, a Brazilian newspaper reported Tuesday.
The O Globo newspaper said it has access to some of the documents released by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The American journalist who obtained the classified information from Snowden lives in Brazil and is helping write stories for the daily.
O Globo published what it said are slides that Snowden released indicating the US effort is gathering information on energy in Mexico and oil in Venezuela. There was no information released about what information was obtained, nor any companies that were targeted.
The report also said that Colombia, the strongest US military ally in South America, along with Mexico and Brazil, were the countries where the US program intercepted the biggest chunks of information on emails and telephone calls during the last five years. Similar activities took place in Argentina and Ecuador, among others.
Figures weren’t published on how many intercepts occurred.