Report: NSA Spied on Brazilian Oil Company, Google

The report seems to contradict Obama administration claims that the NSA’s mass surveillance capabilities have been directed only at thwarting terrorists and fighting transnational criminals

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The National Security Agency headquarters building in Fort Meade, Md.

According to Brazil’s Globo TV network, the U.S. National Security Agency has spied on Petrobras, Brazil’s state-controlled oil company, The Washington Post reports.

The report, which cites documents leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, seems to contradict Obama administration claims that the NSA’s mass surveillance capabilities have been directed only at thwarting terrorists and fighting transnational criminals.

The documents, which were provided to the Brazilian station by journalist Glenn Greenwald, reportedly show Petrobras mentioned along with Google and the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT), in a training presentation on how to penetrate private computer networks.

The revelations could create additional headaches for the U.S., which has been strongly critical of China for allegedly engaging in industrial espionage. “What we do not do, as we have said many times, is use our foreign intelligence capabilities to steal the trade secrets of foreign companies,” director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement.

[The Washington Post]

8 comments
rick.tabulgater
rick.tabulgater

Is there ANY country in the world that we haven't destroyed or pissed off in some way????

MrObvious
MrObvious

Spy agencies spying on stuff. Now I'm really surprised.

destor23
destor23

"“What we do not do, as we have said many times, is use our foreign intelligence capabilities to steal the trade secrets of foreign companies,” director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement."

So, Clapper has never told the truth in public about anything ever.  Just want to be clear on that.

Heizzzenberg
Heizzzenberg

@destor23 it's too bad we can't drag him out into the streets and beat him with a cane for lying to our faces.