To the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Mrs. Dilma Rousseff
To the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Antonio Patriota
Brazil, July 18th, 2013
In this very moment Your Excellencies, the President and the Minister, read this letter, thousands of Brazilian citizens are under surveillance by the U.S. Government. Phones, e-mails, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and many other tools are used to invade our privacy and scour the most intimate personal information from all of us. The government under your command and all bodies and individuals with granted access to sensitive or relevant information are also under surveillance, including Your Excellencies. Did your today’s call to your sons happen to be encrypted?
Mrs. Rousseff, you were one of the people brutally assaulted by the military dictatorship. Your story is bound to the struggle for freedom in Brazil, at that time under a bloody military regime supported by CIA and sponsored by the White House over its entire duration. Our struggle for sovereignty in Latin America necessarily faced up to Washington’s interests.
Considering the above mentioned, we deeply regret the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not answer to the asylum application by the American citizen Edward Joseph Snowden, a former analyst at NSA (U.S. National Security Agency), responsible for revealing to the world the existence of secret agreements of intelligence with major corporations and programs such as PRISM, a surveillance tool that exists since 2007, capable of monitoring in real time the social networks of millions of people around the world. Holding this position is to commit the greatest diplomatic crime in the modern history of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
There is a great imbalance in the flow of information, which may directly influence the course of international politics. Not only Brazil, but all governments should seek clarification from the U.S. government and press them as hard as possible to obtaining more details on how we are being spied upon.
Today, July 18, 2013, we organized the Snowden Day in Brazil as a part of the global agenda to fight U.S. spy on citizens around the world, which today focuses on freedom and political asylum to Edward Snowden.
We demand that the Brazilian government reconsider the request denial and grant the asylum to Snowden. At least, the Brazilian government should provide all necessary resources to Snowden arrive here in Latin America safe and sound. It is critical that people from all over the world know they are being watched. Brazil should receive Edward Snowden in our country, so he can share the information he carries and live in safety and freedom with his family.
Partido Pirata do Brasil