Sep 3 2013, 10:36pm CDT | by IANS
"We intend to protect national sovereignty," Xinhua quoted Senator Vanessa Graziotin of the Communist Party of Brazil as saying Tuesday.
The committee, comprising 11 main members and seven substitutes, initially has 180 days to investigate claims that the NSA monitored emails between Rousseff and several of her top aides, and tapped her phone.
The investigative period can be extended by another 180 days if the commission needs more time.
The members discussed the possibility of the state providing federal protection for Rio de Janeiro-based journalist Glenn Greenwald and his partner David Miranda, considering them to be key witnesses in the investigation.
Snowden, wanted by the US on espionage charges for revealing the surveillance scheme, has been given temporary asylum in Russia.
Miranda was recently interrogated for nine hours at London's Heathrow airport as he travelled from Germany to Brazil, and had his belongings confiscated.
British officials said they were operating under an anti-terror law, but Greenwald said he believed it was an attempt to intimidate.
That report was also based on documents leaked by Snowden and made public by Greenwald.
Washington has said the spy programme is designed to thwart terrorism, but Brazil said it suspects industrial espionage and has demanded an written official response from the US government.
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