Austria Constant Partner of NSA: Journalist
    2014-05-27 04:41:13     Xinhua       Web Editor: Jiang

American journalist Glenn Greenwald has said in an interview with newspaper Der Standard on Monday that Austria "constantly" works together with the American National Security Agency (NSA).

This came despite recent claims from Austrian Minister for Defence Gerald Klug that the two work together only "occasionally."

The confidant for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said the cooperation is discreet and aimed at specific goals, though added the NSA sees countries such as Austria -- which it puts in a "Tier B" category -- primarily as a monitoring target, and as a partner "only secondarily."

He said further documents on the cooperation between Austria and the NSA would "probably" be released as he understood the Austrian public is interested in the information, and added that "we" are currently deciding the best way to distribute the documents amongst journalists to speed up their reporting.

Greenwald also said he would be "shocked" if the NSA, after targeting the United Nations and various of its agencies, would not also want to monitor other organizations in Vienna such as the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Additionally, he criticized the American government for complaining about cyber-espionage from countries such as China, when America itself had crossed the "red line" many times before, something he said the Snowden documents have shown.

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