US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden said that the National Security Agency spied on companies and engaged in what he calls “industrial espionage.”
“If there is information at Siemens that [the NSA] think(s) would be beneficial to the national interests, not the national security, of the United States, they will go after that information and they’ll take it,” said the former NSA contractor.
Previously, President Barack Obama admitted that the bugging of German Chancellor Angela Merkel was a mistake and would not happen again. The said incident caused an uproar in the country and ruined trans-Atlantic trust.
‘No chance’ of fair trial
Snowden believes that intelligence agents want him dead, referring to an article posted on BuzzFeed quoting a Pentagon official saying “I would love to put a bullet in his head.”
The whistleblower is currently in Russia after being granted temporary asylum. In the US, he is charged with unauthorized communication of national defense information, willful communication of classified communications intelligence, and theft of government property — each of which has a maximum 10-year imprisonment sentence.
Earlier, Snowden said that he does not plan on returning to the US unless the Congress changes the Whistleblower Protection Act as he sees “no chance” of a fair trial in the area.