The Brazilian government has given a cautious welcome toby the fugitive National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on Friday (17).
According to president Dilma Rousseff's spokesman Thomas Traumann, the Brazilian government analyzed the pledges by the United States president in detail.
"It's a first step. The Brazilian government will monitor the practical ramifications of the speech very closely," the spokesman says.
Since the brief official announcement yesterday (19), Rousseff's government instructed the Foreign Relations Ministry to make a thorough analysis of Obama's speech.
Among the various spying pledges made last Friday, Obama said it will no longer monitor the personal communications of friendly heads of state. The NSA’s collection of intelligence included allegedlyand Germany's Angela Merkel.
Since the accusations became public, Brazil and Germany have pushed for a United Nations resolution for online privacy to be recognised as a human right and also for "no-spy" agreements with the US.
Key priorities for the Brazilian government in 2014 include, which will be the theme of a major two-day event in April.