UPDATE 1-Brazil demands explanation from Canada over spying report

Mon Oct 7, 2013 3:02pm EDT
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* TV Globo says Canada agency spied on Brazil's mines ministry

* Network based report on documents leaked by Snowden

* Rousseff: 'This is unacceptable between partners'

By Anthony Boadle

BRASILIA, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff demanded on Monday that Canada explain a media report that said it spied on Brazil's Mines and Energy Ministry, and she called on the United States and its allies to stop spying over the Internet.

A Brazilian television report said on Sunday that Canada's electronic eavesdropping agency targeted the ministry that manages the South American nation's vast mineral and oil resources. The report was based on documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

"That is unacceptable between nations that are supposed to be partners," Rousseff said via Twitter. "We repudiate this cyber warfare."

Rousseff, who canceled a planned state visit to the United States this month because of previous reports that the NSA had spied on her telephone calls and emails, noted that Sunday's report pointed to Canada's interests in Brazilian mining, where many Canadian companies are active.

By targeting the mines ministry, Rousseff said, Canadian spying is nothing less than industrial espionage. She has rejected U.S. explanations that NSA spying is aimed solely at identifying terrorist threats and is not motivated by commercial interests.   Continued...