‘Private US entity can’t govern Internet’

Brazil has called for the establishment of a multilateral agency to control the global Internet, following reports of spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA) on its citizens.

On Sunday, the O Globo newspaper published reports that NSA and the American Central Intelligence Agency monitored and collected telephone and email data in Brazil.

Following the reports, Brazilâ„¢s Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo said on Monday, “We need a change in the governance of the Internet. It cannot be governed by a private US entity when we know that this entity is controlled by the US government.”

Bernardo said, “I have absolutely no doubt” about the accuracy of the reports and added, “Now the circumstances in which this was carried out, the exact form and date, this we must verify.”

In addition, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said, Å“We don’t agree with interference of that type, not just in Brazil, but in any other country.”

Meanwhile, State Department Spokesman Jen Psaki said that the US had “spoken with Brazilian officials regarding these allegations.”

“we plan to continue our dialogue with the Brazilians through normal diplomatic channels, but those are conversations that of course we would keep private,” she added.

On June 6, the UKâ„¢s Guardian newspaper revealed that a top secret US court order allowed the US National Security Agency (NSA) to collect data on the millions of Americans who are customers of major US phone company Verizon.

On the same day, the Washington Post also reported that the NSA had direct access to internet servers, saying their source, a career intelligence officer, was horrified of the capabilities of the systems used by the top US spy agency.

On June 9, 29-year-old Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor, admitted his role in the leaks in a 12-minute video published by the British daily.

The NSA scandal found even broader dimensions when Snowden revealed more information about the American agencyâ„¢s espionage against other countries.

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Republished with permission from: Press TV