Brazil is one of most important hubs for undersea telecommunications cable crossing the Atlantic. That’s one reason why the US intelligence community has apparently tapped it in efforts to eavesdrop on Brazilians.

This public Internet facility in Brazil – a Telecentro – isn’t an obvious target for American intelligence agencies monitoring threats to United States security. That’s why it sounded strange when documents brought to light by Edward Snowden revealed that a friendly nation – with no history of terrorism – had its telecommunications under heavy American surveillance. Brazilian’s didn’t like this a bit.

Reporter: “Of course, people here are uncomfortable with the notion that there may be an Orwellian ’Big Brother’ recording all their on line communications. But experts say that the U.S. intelligence community isn’t so interested in what is generated here, but rather all the information that goes through Brazil when as it travels around the world.”

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