World Bulletin / News Desk
A secret 2009 report issued by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s office has indicated that U.S. spying on economic activity is done to benefit American corporations.
The Intelligence Community Review, which was provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, anticipates potential challenges the U.S. may face from China, Russia, India and Iran in 2025 and presents plans on how the U.S. would deal with those challenges.
Among those potential situations are the challenges the U.S. would face if it loses its leadership position in the world's energy, nanotechnology, medicine and information technology industries.
In order to overcome these challenges, the report recommends “a multi-pronged, systematic effort to gather open source and proprietary information through overt means, clandestine penetration (through physical and cyber means), and counterintelligence,” Glenn Greenwald wrote for The Intercept.
Furthermore, the report envisions “cyber operations” to penetrate “covert centers of innovation” such as R&D facilities, providing examples of how to use cyber-espionage against “research facilities” in Russia and India to give U.S. corporations the competitive advantage.
Speaking to Te Intercept, DNI spokesman Jeffrey Anchukaitis denied the United States steals proprietary corporate information “to enhance (American corporations') international competitiveness or increase their bottom line,” but confirmed that “the Intelligence Community regularly engages in analytic exercises to identify potential future global environments, and how the IC could help the United States Government respond.”
The U.S. government has repeatedly insisted that it does not engage in economic and industrial espionage and has condemned China’s infiltrations of Google, Nortel, and other U.S.-based corporate targets.
However, the U.S. National Surveillance Agency (NSA) has already been found to be spying on Brazilian oil giant Petrobras, economic summits, international credit card and banking systems, the EU antitrust commissioner investigating Google, Microsoft, and Intel, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.Last Mod: 08 Eylül 2014, 14:12