3 More Countries That Hate the United States Thanks to the NSA

While a certain level of international espionage is to be expected amongst countries without concrete relationships, should the same go for nations that are longtime allies? Thanks to the oft-maligned NSA, the United States is learning the hard way that invading your friends’ privacy is bound to blow up in your face.

Recently, three trusted allies of the United States have discovered that they aren’t so trusted after all. Here are three of the diplomatic relations messes in progress:

1. Mexico

The NSA stands accused of routinely spying on our neighbors to the south, specifically the government officials. The security agency was able to hack into the emails of then-president Felipe Calderon, as well as other members of the Mexican Cabinet. Among Snowden’s recent leaks is an email from President Enrique Pena Nieto that discusses potential Cabinet selections a month before he was elected.

Unsurprisingly, Mexico is super displeased with this breach of trust. “This practice is unacceptable, illegitimate, and against Mexican and international law,” declared Mexico’s foreign ministry. “In a relationship between neighbors and partners, there is no room for the practices alleged to have taken place.”

2. Brazil

Brazil’s government has similarly been the subject of the NSA’s watchful eyes. Though diplomatic relations between Brazil and the Untied States have been fine, Brazil believes it was targeted for “economic motivations.” Specifically, evidence shows that the NSA gathered extensive intelligence from emails and phone calls on Petrobras, an oil company owned by the Brazilian government.

The fall-out from the revelation is nothing to shrug at. Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff cited this surveillance as his reason for canceling a trip to Washington D.C. last month and instead speak harshly about the American spying program to the United Nations. “Tampering in such a manner in the affairs of other countries is a breach of international law and is an affront of the principles that must guide the relations among them, especially among friendly nations,” Rousseff said.

3. France

America’s friendship with France is facing a test now that news that the NSA widely spied on the country has emerged. In just a single month, the NSA gathered more than 70 million emails and other forms of digital communication from France.

Secretary of the State John Kerry is currently in France for unrelated matters and is expected to meet with officials to discuss the latest leak. In the meantime, French official Alexandre Giorgini has cast a warning: “These kinds of practices between partners are totally unacceptable and we must be assured that they are no longer being implemented.” The interior minister has also made it known that this infringement will “require explanation.”

Although Edward Snowden’s leaks have given these three countries specific evidence of spying, the United States is almost certain to face questions from many of its allies. If the United States is watching its friends like France and Mexico, it’s not much of a leap for allies to believe they are having their non-threatening communications monitored as well. Worse yet, it’s probably an even safer assumption for enemies of the United States to believe they are being spied on given how they treat their own allies.

Though the NSA was established with the supposed intention of offering “security” to the American people, it’s time for the United States to face the reality that the no-limits surveillance program is doing more harm than good. Over time, broken relationships like these will make the United States a more vulnerable nation than terrorist threats ever could. There’s no use in taking drastic measures to thwart enemies if the United States is just creating more enemies in the process.


Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Judith g.
Judith g4 years ago

Yes, they'll all complain until they need to US to come in and fix their problems for them.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

only 3?!?

GGmaSheila D.
S Ann D4 years ago

Only three more complaints...? Would have thought there'd be alot more countries, maybe even the UN.

Marc P.
Marc P4 years ago

Scott h.: Your statement " NSA has a specific purpose that is terrorism and the interests of the United States." is laughable. (Sorry.) What is in the BEST interest of the United States is that our government adhere to Rule of Law and obey the Constitution. Weather we agree that the tenets of the Constitution are relevant or not is a discussion for the citizens who OWN this country - US! - Not some politician or entity we have placed in a position of authority. NO ONE - NO GOVERNMENT has the right to violate rule of law and the Constitution! General Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, lied in 2012 that the NSA does not hold data on US citizens, and repeated similar misstatements, under oath, to Congress about the program: "We’re not authorized to do it [data collection on US citizens], nor do we do it." This man sat in front of Congress and outright lies! And there has been NO accountability and NO outrage! This man should be arrested for treason! Generals, Directors nor anyone else are entitled by ANY law to lie to Congress!!! And people should be asking "What ELSE are they lying about!"

Scott haakon
Scott haakon4 years ago

ROFL All these countries have intel services. They all spy on each other as well. This is so ignorant that is a a joke to anyone with knowledge. Some people are so blind that it will take another 9/11 for the memo to be read.
NSA has a specific purpose that is terrorism and the interests of the United States. Allies are often at odds over many different issues. Nothing new here at all.

Yvette S.
Yvette S4 years ago

Thanks for posting

Carol C.
Carol Cox4 years ago

The US needs to leave the rest of the world alone to fix their own problems, instead of stepping in to do it for them... the US has enough problems at home to fix - Education, Health, Economy... but really, why is everyone so surprised that the government is "spying" on their friends, and enemies, I might add... do you honestly think the other guys aren't spying on the US? You can add Venezuela to the list of countries that don't like the US.. at least outwardly.. I don't see an of these countries tearing up their visas or breaking off diplomatic relations..or in Venezuela's case, selling them oil.. dollars are too nice to have... remember the saying - Keep your friends close and your enemies closer still....

Matt L.
Maitreya L4 years ago

The NSA is just doing what they are told and paid for, we should place the blame on our elected leaders in the senate, congress and white house, and the various rich and powerful people who boss them around. Including mister "Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency" Obama. HA HA, good one, and I stupidly voted for you in 2008. He's a lesser evil than Bush Jr. I thought, silly me, he's just smarter and better at justifying his selling out to whoever contributes the most to his campaign. Granted, at least he's not a religious nut like some of the Tea Party politicians. . . He reminds me a bit too much of Gus Fring from "Breaking Bad". Kill list and all, but cool and collected in public.

Ruby W.
Inez w4 years ago

Add number 4 & 5
Number 4: Angela Merkel from Germany is asking some serious question in their government as well...
Number 5: Questions, SERIOUS questions are being asked in the UK parliament about our 'friendship' with the US and whether the US has made us lose all trust in them. David Cameron is backing calls by by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande for talks with Washington. He went on to say:
"Britain and the US - along with Canada, Australia and New Zealand - are members of the so-called "Five Eyes" group, who share signals intelligence and are supposed not to spy on each other"