Brazil: Reports highlight role of Canadian govt. in espionage “on behalf” of Canadian mining firms operating in Brazil

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Author: MiningWatch Canadá

La noticia de que la Dirección de Seguridad en Comunicaciones de Canadá (CSEC por sus siglas en inglés) espió comunicaciones del Ministerio de Minas de Brasil brinda una idea del punto hasta el cual el gobierno de Canadá está dispuesto a llegar…Los informes de Glenn Greenwald…han revelado que el espionaje de la CSEC va mucho más allá de rastrear el terrorismo, y entra decididamente en el rango de espionaje industrial… [y] demuestra que la agencia consultaba regularmente con empresas canadienses mineras y de energía. La embajada canadiense estima que alrededor de cincuenta empresas mineras canadienses tienen inversiones en Brasil, incluyendo…[a] Teck, Kinross Gold, IAMGold, Yamana Gold, Eldorado Gold, y Belo Sun entre otras…[En] enero del 2012…ejecutivos de empresas brasileñas y canadienses como…Vale y Kinross Gold Corporation se reúnen con ex políticos con buenos contactos…Desde Grecia a México, y de Ecuador a las Filipinas, existen más de 12 casos en que embajadores canadienses han defendido…los intereses de las empresas mineras canadienses que se ven confrontadas por la oposición de comunidades y decisiones no apreciadas de la administración pública…

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9 October 2013

Revelations of Industrial Espionage Expose Underbelly of Canadian Support for Mining Companies [Brazil]

Author: MiningWatch Canada

News that the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) has been spying on Brazil’s Mines Ministry starts to expose the extent to which the Canadian government is willing to go in the corporate interest…Glenn Greenwald’s ongoing reporting…has revealed that CSEC’s spying goes way beyond tracking terrorism and well into industrial espionage. Another Guardian report…shows that the agency was consulting regularly with Canadian mining and energy companies…The Canadian Embassy estimates that some fifty Canadian mining firms are invested in Brazil, including companies such as Teck, Kinross Gold, IAMGold, Yamana Gold, Eldorado Gold, Belo Sun and others…[in] January, 2012…corporate executives such as…Vale and Canada’s Kinross Gold Corporation come together with well-connected former politicians…From Greece to Mexico and from Ecuador to the Philippines, we now have ...some 12 instances in which Canadian Ambassadors have stepped up to uncritically defend the interests of Canadian mining companies faced with community opposition and decisions they didn’t like from public administrators…[It refers to Inco, part of Vale, Falconbridge (part of Glencore Xstrata) and Alcan (now Rio Tinto Alcan)]

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