Edward Snowden's interview with German journalist Hubert Seipel appeared on the country's ARD channel tonight, complete with yet another NSA revelation: the agency spied on companies as well as people.
If there is information at Siemens that they [the NSA] think 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.
That's a big accusation, but it came with disappointingly few details. Snowden wouldn't say what the NSA then did with that information because he "didn't want to reveal the details before journalists did," according to the AP. He added that he no longer has any NSA files or influence on what information the journalists who are in possession of them release and when.
Even so, Snowden's claims probably won't do much good for German-American relations. German officials are already not happy with us for spying on their chancellor's phone for the last 11 years. It's safe to say they won't appreciate hearing that we're engaged in industrial espionage, either.
Snowden is studying Russian, according to Seipel, so perhaps he's putting down roots in the country. He's certainly not going to come back to America anytime soon. As he said before, he doesn't think he can get a fair trial here. He also read BuzzFeed's report on anonymous NSA employees who wanted to kill him.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.