Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claimed in a new interview on German public television broadcaster ARD that U.S. government representatives wanted to kill him.
Snowden also claimed that the U.S. agency is involved in industrial espionage.
Snowden said if German engineering company Siemens had information that would benefit the U.S., but had nothing to do with national security needs, the National Security Agency would still use it.
He also said that he was no longer in possession of any NSA documents, because he had passed them all on to a few selected journalists and that he had no further influence on the release of the files.
Snowden faces felony charges in the U.S. after revealing the NSA’s mass surveillance program. He is living under temporary asylum in Russia, which has no extradition treaty with the U.S.