When Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said that she wanted to make sure that the United States could not spy on her country anymore, she meant it.
After it was revealed that the NSA had spied on the president, as well as the country’s oil company – Petrobras, the Brazilian authorities launched investigations to find out the truth, while also demanding a formal apology from Barack Obama.
Rousseff wants to create an undersea fiber-optic cable that would completely bypass the United States by linking Brazil to Europe.
Legislators were also urged to pass an amendment to force Google, Microsoft and other web companies with headquarters in the United States to build data centers in Brazil where local data would be stored.
Brazil’s reaction is the most drastic of all South American countries, or any other countries for that matter, as more and more revelations indicate, the NSA was actually spying on anyone, whether related to terrorism or not.
While it’s true that such measures could be roughly ineffective to block out NSA surveillance, it’s more than any other country has done so far.