Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden said in a new interview that the US agency is involved in industrial espionage.
In the interview, aired Sunday night on German public television broadcaster ARD, Snowden said that if the German engineering company Siemens had information that would benefit the United States — but the information had nothing to do with US national security needs — the National Security Agency would still use it.
It wasn’t clear what exactly Snowden accused the NSA of doing with such information. He said only that he did not want to reveal the details before journalists did.
Snowden also told ARD television that he was no longer in possession of any NSA documents because he had passed them all on to a few select journalists. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.