Even as the uproar mounts in Brazil over reports that the United States spied on President Dilma Rousseff , Brazil’s Foreign Minister continued to proceed to Washington on Wednesday.
U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice told Brazilian Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo that the United States is committed to working with Brazil to address its concerns, the White House said in a statement.
But in Brazil, debate over media reports about alleged National Security Agency spying showed no signs of cooling.
Brazilian lawmakers say they plan to send a commission to Russia to speak directly with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who reportedly leaked documents cited in Brazilian media reports about the alleged espionage operations.
Reports from Globo TV citing Glenn Greenwald, a Brazil-based journalist who obtained documents from Snowden, claim that Rousseff and the state oil company Petrobras were among the targets of the NSA surveillance.
The reports drew sharp condemnation from Brazilian officials this month.
A foreign relations committee in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday approved a trip for lawmakers to travel to Moscow to interview whistle-blower Edward Snowden over the matter.
Lawmaker Ivan Valente said authorities wanted more information, not just what had been leaked to the media.
Earlier this month, Brazil summoned the U.S. ambassador over the reports. And Rousseff has threatened to