De Britse krant The Independent heeft de hand weten te leggen op een aantal geheime documenten, waaruit blijkt dat de Verenigde Staten het intelligentie-netwerk Echelon inderdaad gebruiken om europese bedrijven te bespioneren.
Zie deze eerdere tweakers nieuwsposting voor meer informatie over Echelon.
In a March article for the Wall Street Journal, entitled "Why we spy on our allies", former CIA director James Woolsey claimed there was only one reason why the CIA tracked European companies. "Most European technology just isn't worth our stealing." he wrote. "We have spied on you because you bribe. Your companies' products are often more costly, less technically advanced, or both, than your American competitors." Yet some of the earliest deals clinched by US "advocacy" with CIA support are among the most corrupt deals of all time. In 1994, President Clinton signed off on $40bn of business agreements between Indonesia and US firms on one day. Among the deals was a $2.6bn power plant at Paiton, Java. At the time the contract was signed, the US knew one of President Suharto's daughters had been cut in on the deal, and was given a stake in the project worth more than $150m.
Tja... wat moet je dan verder eigenlijk nog zeggen? Fiets naar The Independent on Sunday voor het hele verhaal.
Met dank aan Ortep voor de tip.