How U.S. spying cost Boeing multibillion-dollar jet contract
Brazil had been struggling for years to decide which company to choose for a $4 billion-plus fighter jet contract. Dilma Rousseff 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. And then, the whole deal backfired when documents got leaked by the former National Security Agency contractor, followingly resulting in anger over espionage…
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