U.S. espionage focused on Latin American countries

Mexican Congress is demanding an explanation from the U.S.

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MEXICO. - The Mexican Congress today demanded that the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, asks the U.S. for a "precise and urgent explanation" about the alleged espionage on agencies and diplomatic officials of Mexico.

A commission working in recess of the Legislature urged the federal executive branch to make it "strongly" clear- through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) - that they are against espionage.

This group, which is composed of senators and deputies, overwhelmingly approved a point of agreement that rejects "categorically any action that violates the privacy, personal data protection or security of the Mexican population."

The O Globo newspaper reported on Sunday that the alleged spy ring expanded throughout Latin America, and had a special focus on Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, as denounced by the former CIA analyst, Edward Snowden, who is also wanted in the U.S.

According to the Brazilian newspaper, also spied on "constantly", though with less intensity, were Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Paraguay, Chile, Peru and El Salvador.

During the discussion of the points of the agreement, which will be presented tomorrow to the full extent, legislators from all parties agreed that the acts of espionage by the U.S. represent a serious violation of national sovereignty and demanded "an immediate and permanent end to these activities".

Snowden is being persecuted by the U.S. government, who is accusesing him of violating the Espionage Act for leaking details of the country’s two secret programs (phone records and surveillance of Internet communications from government agencies).

The former CIA analyst has been in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since June 23. And according to WikiLeaks, he has sought asylum in 27 countries, of which Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela have shown a willingness to accept it.

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