Brazil's president tries to calm wiretap scandal

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is embroiled in a political scandal.

The nation's intelligence service is accused of tapping the phones of Brazil's Supreme Court chief and other top officials. A news magazine has published purported transcripts of a conversation between Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes and opposition Senator Demostenes Torres.

The president met with the chief justice for more than two hours today. Neither would comment on their discussions but a spokesman for Silva says the president expressed his "concern and indignation" that Mendes' phone was tapped.

He says Silva is still deciding what measures to take.

Opposition leaders are calling for an investigation.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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