Brazilian President Rousseff Condemns NSA Spying In UN Address

'Without respect to sovereignty, there is no base for proper relations among nations,' said Rousseff.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff addresses the 2013 U.N. General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS (TRNS) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday that revelations of NSA spying on her communications threatened Brazil’s national sovereignty and comprised crucial economic secrets.

“A country’s sovereignty can never affirm itself to the detriment of another country’s sovereignty,” Rousseff said. “Meddling in such a manner in the life and affairs of other countries is a breach of international law and as such it is an affront to the principles that should otherwise govern countries, especially friendly countries.”

“Brazil knows how to protect itself.”

In response to the “affront” to her country’s sovereignty, Rousseff said Brazil intends to introduce a draft U.N. framework on internet governance and use.

President Obama is scheduled to speak from at the U.N. immediately after Rousseff’s remarks.

TRNS UN Bureau

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Luke Vargas
Luke Vargas is a New York-based reporter for Talk Radio News Service, anchoring world news coverage from the United Nations. Luke previously covered Campaign 2008 and 2012 for radio and television. Follow Luke on Twitter @TheCourier