its a 'saab' story for sweden but a 'sob' story for boeing!
I don't think the NSA or Obama are a huge part of the decision here.
Considering the financial & corruption scandals in Brazil at the moment, the government was probably very ready to play the "outraged innocent" card too and then make a big show of turning down the American deal.
Easy to blame the US here and play to the home audience on all sorts of levels at the same time.
1) I see the chances of Brazil engaging in air combat as pretty slim, so which fighter is chosen seems to be irrelevant anyway, and...
2) Why do I feel like the "elephant in the room" is that everybody spies on everybody, and everybody knows it, so even pretending to be shocked and/or outraged is just ludicrous.
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.