Reaction in Brazil and Mexico has been one of indignation and anger after a Brazilian news report on Sunday accused the US National Security Agency of having spied on their presidents.
The allegations originated from secret files obtained from US whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The agency is said to have intercepted internet data.
Brazil’s Foreign Minister Luiz Figueiredo made a statement saying he had already begun contacting various countries including BRIC members – Brazil, Russia, India and China – in order to discuss the matter because his government believed it could involve all of them.
Mexico’s Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade said there had been a possible violation of sovereignty and demanded a full investigation.
If proved, the affair could strain Washington’s relations with both Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff who is due to make her first state visit to the US next month and could cancel the trip.