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NSA 'In Bed' with Most European Countries, Says Edward Snowden

| by Michael Allen
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National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden claims that the NSA has secret spying partnerships with most European governments (including Germany) that are now complaining about being spied on by the NSA.

During an interview with the German news weekly Der Spiegel, Snowden said that NSA spies are "in bed together with the Germans and most other Western states."

Snowden explained how the NSA's Foreign Affairs Directorate department coordinated spying with foreign secret services, notes the AFP.

"[European governments are prepared to] insulate their political leaders from the backlash" if the spying programs were to ever reveal "how grievously they're violating global privacy," claimed Snowden.

Snowden said the NSA works with Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency to provide "analysis tools" for data from the Middle East.

Snowden's revelations about the U.S spying on its EU allies caused an uproar in Europe last week.

Because the U.S. government revoked his passport, Snowden has been stranded at a Moscow airport for two weeks, but Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia has offered him asylum, reports The Guardian.

"He has told the truth, in the spirit of rebellion, about the US spying on the whole world," Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, said in a recent speech. "Who is the guilty one? A young man … who denounces war plans, or the US government which launches bombs and arms the terrorist Syrian opposition against the people and legitimate president, Bashar al-Assad?"

Source: AFP and The Guardian