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Brazilian leader says Obama contrite over U.S. spying
The president of Brazil said Friday that President Obama has taken responsibility for the U.S. spying on her, and that Mr. Obama has promised to provide a written explanation to the Brazilian government for the surveillance by next week.
President Dilma Rousseff, who has threatened to cancel a state visit to Washington next month over the spying, said she might proceed with the visit if Mr. Obama’s explanations prove to be satisfactory.
Mr. Obama spoke to the Brazilian leader privately Thursday at the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, after she canceled a trip to Washington by a team of aides who were to lay the groundwork for her visit on Oct. 23.
Officials said Ms. Rousseff wants a public apology from Mr. Obama.
Ms. Rousseff, speaking to reporters before leaving the G-20 Friday, said Mr. Obama had agreed to respond formally to the spying allegations by next Wednesday. She said Mr. Obama pledged to be directly responsible for investigating what happened.
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