Brazil Plans Undersea Cable to Europe to Avoid U.S. Snooping

European leaders agreed on a plan to lay undersea communications cables between Brazil and the E.U.

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President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil plans to connect to Europe via an undersea communications cable in order to avoid relying on the United States, in the wake of revelations the country spied in Brazilian leaders.

The project agreed to Monday will cost $185 million, Reuters reports, and it stems from reports of U.S. snooping on allied world leaders. Last fall, Rousseff postponed a trip to Washington after leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that her cell phone, email and those of some of her allies had been tapped.

Rousseff and European leaders agreed on the plans at the annual European Union-Brazil summit in Brussels on Monday. Currently, almost all of Brazil’s communications to Europe travel along U.S. undersea cables. Brazil is seeking to link with a telecommunications company in Spain called IslaLink Submarine Cables.

[Reuters]

4 comments
AmericanPrivacy
AmericanPrivacy

This is a watershed moment for our freedom to live our lives and the privacy to be who we are. With NSA surveillance programs, the US Government now has the power to arbitrarily track, target, and go after any one of us -- our friends, family, the journalists and activists we depend on -- because they don't like our ideas. In a world without privacy, anything you've written, done, or seen can be used against you, making your life a nightmare. Spying IS censorship. Now that we know, WE decide what happens next.

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PaulNewsome
PaulNewsome

The US should be very proud of itself and the way it treats it's (former) allies.

MC
MC

Haha yeah, that's gonna work...

Didn't some researchers recently figure out how to decode transmissions from OUTSIDE of the cable?

Better bury it deep, or find some quantum encryption. 

aldo.horacio.reyes
aldo.horacio.reyes

I have news for President D. Rousseff; the USA tapped the super secret Soviet Navy's undersea cable way back in 1971. 


The USA has only got better at spying since then (just ask Mr. Snowden). Don't waste the money, Brazil's undersea cable will be tapped before it's even finished.