Four months or so into the NSA leaks, the backlash and after-effects continue on.
Europeans are, predictably, angry:
One European official said the disclosures had prompted EU countries to review policies on internet governance, privacy and data-sharing, amid growing scepticism about whether the US can be trusted. Major transatlantic trade negotiations have also been jeopardised amid anxiety that the US’ surveillance tools give it an advantage during talks.
“It has become clear we’re not doing business on a level-playing field during negotiations,” the official said.
So are Latin Americans:
A Brazilian official said that some top-level discussions with the US on energy matters had been suspended as a consequence of leaks, which suggested Canada may have spied on its energy and mines ministry. It would be “impossible” for discussions to proceed on that basis, the official added.