US, German Gov'ts Use Spy Software to Control Population - NSA Whistleblower

© AP Photo / Matthias SchraderA BND monitoring base in Bad Aibling, near Munich, Germany.
A BND monitoring base in Bad Aibling, near Munich, Germany. - Sputnik International
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NSA whistleblower J. Kirk Wiebe claims that the NSA provided spy software to Germany that is likely being used by both governments to monitor and control entire domestic populations.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US National Security Agency (NSA) provided spy software to Germany that is likely being used by both governments to monitor and control entire domestic populations, NSA whistleblower J. Kirk Wiebe told Sputnik.

The software has the functionality, Wiebe explained, to allow end users in Washington and Berlin to filter out data to avoid intruding on the privacy of innocent citizens, but they have failed to do that.

“Perhaps our governments want to know what we are doing independent of any criminal or terrorist activities,” Wiebe suggested. “Perhaps they want to do what every tyrannical government in history has done – control the population.”

In the absence of good oversight, Wiebe warned, all that is needed for governments to control populations using these technologies is “the intent and will to carry it through.”

The National Security Agency building at Fort Meade, Md. The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported Wednesday Oct. 16, 2013 after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden. - Sputnik International
NSA Provided German Intelligence With Spyware in Exchange for Data
In April 2013, according to leaked documents, Germany's domestic security agency, the BND, agreed to provide the NSA with intelligence in exchange for a highly effective spy software program called XKeyscore, media reported on Wednesday.

Germany’s domestic security agency has argued that information obtained with the help of XKeyscore could be transferred to the NSA without violating German law.

In 2013, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden made available documents detailing long-term US intelligence data collection in Europe and many other targets around the world.

The German Parliamentary Committee investigating the NSA spying scandal was set up in March 2014 to examine the extent of the US intelligence agency's surveillance activities revealed in documents published by Snowden.

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