• Wed
  • Jul 23, 2014
  • Updated: 2:01pm
Edward Snowden
NewsWorld
SURVEILLANCE

NSA also serves economic interests: Snowden interview

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 January, 2014, 7:32pm
UPDATED : Monday, 27 January, 2014, 3:50am

The US National Security Agency sometimes uses data it collects for economic purposes, intelligence leaker Edward Snowden revealed in an extract of an interview with a German television station broadcast yesterday.

"If there is information, for example on Siemens, which is in the national interest, but has nothing to do with national security, they will still use this information," Snowden said.

The interview was carried out by a journalist for NDR, a regional chain belonging to public broadcaster ARD.

Under top secrecy, the chain last week in Moscow filmed the first interview with Snowden since he left Hong Kong last year to seek refuge in Russia.

On its website, NDR said Snowden said he was no longer had any confidential documents, as they had all been handed out to handpicked journalists. He said he no longer wanted to, or was able to, take part in any future revelations.

Other than the consequences of his revelations about NSA surveillance programmes, in the interview Snowden was also to address "his personal path" to leaking the information.

Snowden, 30, fled the US last May after revealing his government was collecting phone data from millions of citizens, monitoring vast amounts of private internet traffic and eavesdropping on the conversations of foreign friends and foes alike.

On Thursday, in a question-and-answer session on the Free Snowden website, Snowden ruled out returning to the US, where he said there was no chance of a free trial.

US Attorney General Eric Holder has said he was unlikely to consider clemency for Snowden.

Share

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive
 
 

 

This article is now closed to comments

aaheart
THAT'S how Israel got the algorithm to Siemens SCADA valve control systems targeted by the Stuxnet virus!!! Then they used it on Siemens SCADA controllers at Iran's uranium-enriching centrifuges at Natanz and then on Siemens SCADA controllers at Japan's nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi! That's why Chancellor Angela Merkel shut down Germany's nuclear reactors so abruptly after Fukushima melted down. THAT'S why technicians at Fukushima didn't know that the reactor had begun to overheat, even though the normal function in an emergency is to shut down and the cooling system valves would open automatically. We learned that was part of the design of Stuxnet after the same thing happened in Iran.
Hmmmm.... who would have a motive to do such....oh....
 
 
 
 
 

Login

SCMP.com Account

or