North America:
U.S. Snooping Makes It a Neighbourhood Pariah

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WASHINGTON - As the first formal probe by an international rights body into allegations of U.S. mass surveillance began on Monday, privacy advocates have accused Washington of violating international covenants and endangering civil society.
 
The heads of Brazil and Mexico are among the 35 world leaders on whose personal calls the National Security Agency has reportedly been eavesdropping, according to new information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

According to the U.S. explanations, all measures have supposedly been taken to respect the privacy of American citizens and those in US territories, however no legal protections apply to foreign nationals. (END//2013)

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