Google Becomes NSA Target According To New Reports
Ryan Martin / 5 years ago
A fresh report from Brazilian TV network Globo reveals how the NSA has been spying on Brazilian oil giant Petrobras , Google, the SWIFT network and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The NSA’s spying on Petrobras goes against public statements made previously by the NSA where they claimed that they were not involved in any “economic espionage”. This latest revelation surely contradicts that with some of the slides mentioning economic motives to the spying on Petrobras. There will no doubt be a strain put on American-Brazilian foreign relations after this particular incident.
The SWIFT network is a cooperative that unites over ten thousand banks in 212 countries providing the communications that enable international financial transactions. By spying on the SWIFT network the NSA has essentially ensured that it can spy on all money transfers between banks all over the world.
The next interesting revelation is that the NSA spied on Google, one of its largest partners in the whole PRISM scandal. Google’s infrastructure was targeted for the private networks it offers to “targets”.
In the latest release the names of other targets were blacked out by the reporters because they actually had some relation with terrorism and national security and despite wanting to expose all violations by the NSA Glenn Greenwald claims their is still an element of responsible journalism to consider. The U.S is reported to have shared the results of this industrial and commercial spying with the rest of its main intelligence partners – Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Canada.
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