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How U.S. spying cost Boeing multibillion-dollar jet contract

Posted on December 22nd, 2013 at 11:26 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Brazil had been struggling for years to decide which company to choose for a $4 billion-plus fighter jet contract, one of the world’s most sought-after defense deals and one that would help define the country’s strategic alliances for decades to come.

But Rousseff, the leftist president known for being sometimes gruff and even standoffish with foreign leaders, was thrilled after a 90-minute meeting in Brasilia on May 31 with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

After Biden’s reassurances that the United States would not block crucial transfers of technological know-how to Brazil if it bought the jets, she was closer than ever to selecting Chicago-based Boeing to supply its fighter, the F/A-18 Super Hornet.

“She’s ready to sign on the dotted line,” one of her senior aides told Reuters at the time. “This is going to happen soon.”

And then along came Edward Snowden.

  1. Maybe we should cancel our contract too. It doesn’t appear the US is dealing in good faith.

  2. @chas: Is this like cable TV? You give them money and they rot your mind?

  3. @Sue: Yes, in the future you’ll have a choice between which countries you want to contract. Even month to month contracts will be available. You’ll pay taxes to that country and, in exchange, they bomb some innocent non-contract users of your choice.

  4. Ah. Got it. It’s what we have now, in the unlikely event that you and I had enough money, that is. Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice?

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