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Brazil to ask Canadians to explain alleged spying

October 7, 2013

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says she’s instructed the Foreign Minister to demand clarifications from the Canadian government about allegations that its spies targeted Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry.

Rousseff also instructed Mines Minister Edison Lobao to beef up the ministry’s data protection systems following the revelations aired Sunday night on Brazil’s Globo network.

The report said the metadata of phone calls and emails from and to the ministry were targeted by Canada’s Communications Security Establishment to map the ministry’s communications. It didn’t indicate if emails were read or phone calls listened to.

In comments Monday on Twitter, Rousseff said industrial espionage appears to be behind the alleged spying.

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