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

Author: MiningWatch Canada, Published on: 9 October 2013

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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Related companies: Alcan (now Rio Tinto Alcan) Belo Sun Eldorado Gold Falconbridge (now part of Glencore) Glencore IamGold Inco (part of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce) Kinross Gold Rio Tinto Alcan (part of Rio Tinto) Teck Resources Vale Yamana Gold