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The NSA Is Involved in Industrial Espionage

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Posted on Jan 26, 2014

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Whistle-blower Edward Snowden told a German television network the NSA acquires businesses’ data regardless of its value to national security.

The Guardian reports:

In text released ahead of a lengthy interview to be broadcast on Sunday, the public broadcaster ARD TV quoted Snowden saying the NSA does not limit its espionage to issues of national security and citing the German engineering firm Siemens as one target. 

“If there’s information at Siemens that’s beneficial to US national interests – even if it doesn’t have anything to do with national security – then they’ll take that information nevertheless,” Snowden said, according to ARD, which recorded the interview in Russia, where Snowden has claimed asylum. 

Snowden also told the German public broadcasting network he no longer has possession of any documents or information on NSA activities and has turned everything he had over to select journalists. He said he did not have any control over the publication of the information, ARD said. 

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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