Germany and Brazil circulate UN anti-spying draft resolution

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Germany and Brazil circulate UN anti-spying draft resolution

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Germany and Brazil have circulated a UN draft resolution calling for an end to excessive electronic surveillance.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have condemned the US National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programme.

Recent reports that the NSA monitored Merkel’s mobile phone have caused outrage in Europe.

The surveillance programme came to light from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

British authorities claimed the partner of former Guardian newspaper reporter Glenn Greenwald was involved in “terrorism” when he tried to carry documents from Snowden through London’s Heathrow airport in August.

Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, was detained at Heathrow and questioned for nine hours.

Miranda has since filed a legal challenge against the British government, seeking the return of documents taken from him. British authorities have said that items seized included electronic media containing 58,000 documents from the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

A key hearing on Miranda’s legal action is scheduled for next week.