Brazil's Institutional Security Cabinet, which oversees the country's intelligence agency, known as ABIN, said in a statement, "ABIN develops intelligence activities for the defense of the democratic rule of law, society and national sovereignty, in strict observance of constitutional principles and rights and individual guarantees."
The Cabinet added ABIN's intelligence operations "obeyed the Brazilian legislation for the protection of national interests."
The statement, first reported by The New York Times, comes at a time when Germany, France and other allies -- including Brazil -- have lambasted the Obama administration for National Security Agency intelligence operations targeting those countries.
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