Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (left) met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in 2011. dilmarousseff The Canadian government is refusing to comment on new allegations that its spy agency has been conducting economic surveillance on a Brazilian government ministry. “[We do not] comment on foreign intelligence gathering activities,” said Lauri Sullivan, a spokesperson for the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC, the equivalent of the National Security Agency in the United States) when speaking with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). “Under the law, this organization cannot target Canadians.” On Sunday, Brazilian television network TV Globo reported that the CSEC spied on e-mail and phone metadata collected from traffic to and from the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy.

The network relied on documents shared by Glenn Greenwald, who received them as part of the massive trove of files leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.     

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