US argument on cyber spying untenable: Brazil's President
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff launched a blistering attack on the United States on Tuesday at the United Nations over America's widespread spying on her country.
"The argument that illegal interception of information is allegedly intended to protect nations against terrorism is untenable," Ms Rousseff told the opening of the UN General Assembly.
"Brazil knows how to protect itself," she insisted, amid a damaging row over revelations of widespread spying by the US National Security Agency, including on Ms Rousseff's e-mail communications and on the state-run energy giant Petrobas.
Ms Rousseff has cancelled a long planned state visit to the United States next month in anger at the revelations leaked by fugitive former Central Intelligence Agency employee Edward Snowden, The "recently disclosed information along the activities carried out by global network of electronic spying has brought anger and repudiation among vast sectors worldwide", Ms Rousseff said as she addressed the first day of the annual UN General Assembly.