Venezuela Could Pursue Legal Action against US over PDVSA Spying Scandal

Caracas, Venezuela (VA) – Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino indicated Saturday that the country’s state oil company PDVSA could open a lawsuit in US courts over new revelations of National Security Agency (NSA) spying on top company executives and internal communications.

The announcement comes after leaked documents released to TeleSUR last Wednesday by ex-NSA analyst Edward Snowden exposed that US intelligence officials posing as diplomats had hacked PDVSA’s internal network, monitoring the communications of at least 900 employees since 2010, including former company president Rafael Ramirez.“This is unacceptable and we are going to file a claim and seek redress for damages under US law,” stated Del Pino, who is also the current president of PDVSA.

“We are evaluating legal actions, not moral ones. Delving into the personal information of our workers, our strategies, our plans, [and] our operations is a violation, that is unacceptable,” the oil minister added, speaking from the Third Summit of Gas-Exporting Nations in Tehran.

The comments follow an announcement by President Maduro last week calling for a meeting with the US charge d’affaires in Caracas to review bilateral ties in the wake of the scandal.

Speaking on Thursday, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby did not deny the evidence contained in the leaked documents, though he did reject claims that US spy agencies engage in industrial espionage on behalf of US corporations.

This report was prepared by LUCAS KOERNER for Venezuelanalysis.com. 

Image Source: CreativeTime Reports, Flickr, Creative Commons National Security Agency Aerial photograph of the National Security Agency by Trevor Paglen. Commissioned by Creative Time Reports, 2013.

Image Source: CreativeTime Reports, Flickr, Creative Commons
National Security Agency
Aerial photograph of the National Security Agency by Trevor Paglen. Commissioned by Creative Time Reports, 2013.

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