On Friday 17 January, US President Barack Obama made his long awaited speech on US signals intelligence. The speech came a month after the publication of a report by the Review Group he appointed to look into the issue. At the end of last year, Edward Snowden gave his reaction to the Review Group report in an interview with Fantástico:
“Remember that the advisory group was composed of a hand picked group. Their job wasn’t to protect privacy or to deter abuses, it was to “restore public confidence” in these spying activities. Many of the recommendations they made are cosmetic changes: things that look good but change little.”
On 22 December 2013, Edward Snowden elaborated on his open letter to the people of Brazil in an email interview with Sonia Bridi of Fantástico. A transcript follows below.
This CSEC presentation from June 2012, slides from which were first published by Fantástico in October 2013, describes the Canadian agency’s use of the Olympia suite of analytic tools in the context of spying on Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy: see the Globe and Mail article How CSEC became an electronic spying giant, 30 November 2013.
The Brazilian media outlet Fantástico aired a TV segment based upon documents identifying Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy as a target. A program named Olympia was used to map the Ministry’s connections through email and phone contacts.
Read the TV Globo article in English here: American and Canadian Spies target Brazilian Energy and Mining Ministry