NSA read emails from presidents of Brazil and Mexico
Sep 02, 2013
So it wasn't just Britain, Germany, Russia, and France! President Obama said (or was told) that the NSA does not actually read the emails that it gathers in its spy program. Really? Former President Reagan said many years ago about the Russians, "Trust, but verify." When it comes to the NSA, he would have said, "Verify everything."
RIO DE JANEIRO — The National Security Agency's spy program targeted the communications of the Brazilian and Mexican presidents, and in the case of Mexico's leader accessed the content of emails before he was elected, the U.S. journalist who obtained secret documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden said Sunday.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who lives in Rio de Janeiro, told Globo's news program "Fantastico" that a document dated June 2012 shows that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's emails were being read. The document's date is a month before Pena Nieto was elected.
The document Greenwald based the report on includes communications from Pena Nieto indicating who he would like to name to some Cabinet posts among other information. It's not clear if the spying continues.
That last sentence is an inside joke among journalists.