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
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)

(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.

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Jan 30, 2014 9:42 PM CST
People like to bury their heads in the sand. It's easier for them than to face the fact that they live in a police state. They are willing to give up their rights in exchange for what they believe is safety.
Chuck Roast
Jan 28, 2014 12:42 PM CST
If the NSA had nothing to hide they would not be trying to silence him. The current out of control "bloated" government is to blame for the destruction of the US foreign policy, they didn't think they would get caught. They were caught and now they need to be disassembled. I hope he returns to the US and is given a position of high authority in the US government.
Jan 27, 2014 1:15 PM CST
Snowden's been doing a LOT of talking since becoming a guest of Putin and Russian intelligence, but the operative word in his newest blabbings is "claims"... there's no NSA memo, no copies of information, no revelation of stolen documents, nada, nothing, zilch. It's Snowden's mouth and only Snowden's mouth. He's rapidly becoming a one-man wrecking crew for U.S. foreign policy and international relations. I guess the Russians ought to make a spot for him in one of their famous cemeteries, since he won't be coming back to the U.S.