Snowden: NSA Also Engages in Industrial Espionage

German TV broadcaster releases notes on Snowden interview

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 26, 2014 3:35 PM CST

(Newser) – Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claims in a new interview that the US agency is involved in industrial espionage. German public television broadcaster ARD released a written statement before an interview airing tonight in which it quotes Snowden as saying that if German engineering company Siemens had information that would benefit the United States—but had nothing to do with national security needs—the National Security Agency would still use it. ARD did not give any further context and it was not clear what exactly Snowden accused the NSA of doing with such information.

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong.
This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo/The Guardian)
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