July 13 - The Mercosur group of Latin American nations has a tough message for Washington over spying allegations in the region. Tom Dinham reports.
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrives in Montevideo as Latin American nations meet for a Mercosur summit.
Leaders throughout the region are furious over reports that the United States has targeted many of their countries with spying programs that monitor internet traffic.
They say they will issue a statement officially "rejecting" U.S. espionage in the region.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) NICOLAS MADURO, VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT, SAYING:
"This case of worldwide espionage that has shaken the public conscience of the United States, of the whole world, and that raises key topics of ethics policy of the world we want to construct, of the world which we aspire to construct, a world of respect, of equilibrium, of peace, not a world of hegemonic empires."
They are also angry over the treatment of Bolivian President Evo Morales - whose plane was stopped from travelling over several European countries last week on suspicion former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden was on board.
Snowden, who has fled the United States and is wanted by US authorities for leaking details of secret surveillance programs, is stranded in a Moscow airport but has been offered asylum by several Latin American countries.
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