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Canada Calls Spying Activities Legal


Ottawa, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) Communications Security Establishment of Canada (CSEC) insists that all of its activities in the country and abroad are legal, after it was disclosed that the agency spied on Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy.

According to the CSEC chief, John Forster, everything the CSEC does in terms of its foreign intelligence mandate follows Canadian law, and are checked by an independent commissioner.

"The commissioner and his office have total access to each register, each system, and each CSEC member to guarantee that we follows the law," said Forster in a press conference, though he refrained from responding if its agency spied the Brazilian government.

These are Foster's first statements after Brazil's Globo Television, based on documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, last Sunday revealed the CSEC targeted the metadata of phone calls and emails to and from the Brazilian ministry of mines and energy.

Globo Television also gave details on Canada tapping phone calls and intercepting emails for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, her advisors, and Petrobras company.

The scandal for the espionage caused tensions between the two governments and Rousseff demanded explanations to Canada.

For his part, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he is very concerned about the issue and his Cabinet officials are already investigating if those operations were carried out in accordance with federal law.