Brazilian newspaper O Globo has claimed that internet surveillance programs run by the U.S. National Security Agency are going beyond military and legal concerns to target “commercial secrets”.
The paper cites documents recently leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. It claims that they show the NSA was spying on amongst other things, the oil industry in Venezuela and the energy sector in Mexico.
The O Globo article was written by Roberto Kaz, Jose Casado and Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald, an American citizen living in Rio de Janeiro who also works the Britain’s Guardian newspaper was the first to reveal Snowden’s leaked documents to the world as well as to conduct an interview with the man.
The American government has previously expressed outrage over accusations that Chinese government hackers may have targeted the commercial secrets of US companies. Ironically senior officials from the US and China are meeting in Washington on Wednesday, where they are expected to discuss hacking as part of the ‘Strategic and Economic Dialogue’.