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NSA also serves economic interests: Snowden interview

Published on Jan 26, 2014 6:10 AM
 
The US National Security Agency (NSA) sometimes uses data it collects for economic purposes, intelligence leaker Edward Snowden (above) reveals in an extract of an interview with a German television chain to be broadcast Sunday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - The US National Security Agency (NSA) sometimes uses data it collects for economic purposes, intelligence leaker Edward Snowden reveals in an extract of an interview with a German television chain to be broadcast Sunday.

"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," said Snowden, according to the German translation of the interview on public television ARD.

The interview was carried out by a journalist for NDR, a regional chain belonging to the broadcaster that has analysed secret documents that Snowden leaked to journalists.

Under top secrecy, the chain this week in Moscow filmed the first interview with Snowden since he left Hong Kong in 2013 to seek refuge in Russia.

 
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