Horacio Honrado, 66, taxi driver, Buenos Aires
This is not the first nor will it be the last time, the US have always done it and you can’t fight back, it’s a powerful country. I don’t feel an invasion of my personal privacy as I believe it is only at a governmental level and that the average person is not affected. It will affect political relations with Venezuela particularly, of course, but not Brazil for instance. The issue will most likely die in a box.
Barbara Stern, 24, student, Buenos Aires
I think the most important question is why is this being done? Obviously something like this makes you feel vulnerable, yet I am not for nor against the US when it comes to the spying issue. Argentina and Venezuela for example have their own secret operations too I’m sure. Because I do not feel represented by South American politics or US politics, it is difficult for me to say what should be done by the respective governments. South American countries have never had the best relations with the US anyway, especially Venezuela, but Argentina can’t afford to isolate itself from the US even if it wanted too, they already have many issues between them anyway including the debt dispute for instance that has been going on for years. …Even so, if you are going to spy on anyone, do it well, don’t get caught. You would think that a country like the US would do it in a more intelligent way.
Marcelo Cabral, 22, clerk at a law firm, Buenos Aires
I didn’t pay that much attention to the media but as an average person like you or me I am not worried. I believe large companies and important people will be targeted. The main thing is that it scares you. Yet it does not surprise me that the US is doing this, who isn’t?
Estefania Rodriguez, 26, student, Rosario
I would like to say first off that I am not impressed, nevertheless it is just another argument for Latin American countries to attack the US. I don’t think anything will change particularly when it comes to our relationship with the US, and if it does change any US-South American relations this can perhaps be seen through those who have offered Edward Snowden asylum. I personally found it amusing when I heard Cristina’s speech saying she just couldn’t believe it. The grounding of Evo Morales’s plane on the other hand was ridiculous and so have the US answers been on the subject -they shouldn’t have done it, it was humiliating.
Jorge Orue, economist, 50, Paraguay
What is most surprising is that everyone is so surprised and what the media has done with this kind of sensitive information. I don’t think that I could say that I am particularly scared or worried as I believe everyone knew. The US doesn’t need any kind of authorisation from anyone to conduct such an extensive spying network.