National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden recently told the German television network NDR that the NSA spies on foreign corporations to gain economic advantages for the US.
If true, this would contradict the NSA's numerous claims that it is only trying to find and stop potential terrorists with its mass spying of the web, mail and phones.
“There is no question that the US is engaged in economic spying,” said Snowden in the interview to air tonight (video below).
According to AFP, Snowden told NDR that if the German engineering company Siemens had information that would benefit the US, then the NSA "will go after that information and they'll take it."
Snowden gave the interview in secrecy in an unspecified location in Russia, where he has temporary asylum.
Snowden also said that he no longer possesses any NSA information, which he gave to a handful of journalists, including Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras.
Most polls say that most Germans have lost confidence in the US, but consider Snowden a hero, notes RT.com.
Despite President Obama's promises not to spy on foreign leaders, the German government remains skeptical about US promises.