On Sunday night, the German TV news program Tagesschau aired an exclusive interview with NSA leaker Edward Snowden, in which he discussed in more detail the US-German spying and revealed the desire of U.S. officials wanting to kill him.
The first question of the interview was centered around the threats towards Snowden and his need for police protection. In the response, Snowden claimed to have information that anonymous NSA and Pentagon officials told a reporter for Buzz Feed that “they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me when I come out of the supermarket, and then watch as I die in the shower.”
Despite the apparent threat, Snowden stated that he doesn’t let the fear get to him, as he believes that he has done what was necessary and won’t be afraid for doing the right thing.
Later in the interview, Snowden was asked about the “Five Eyes”, which is a multilateral agreement of cooperation in intelligence between the United States, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and whether or not there is German intelligence involvement with the group. His response was that the German intelligence agency BND (the Bundesnachrichtendienst) has a very close working relationship with the “Five Eyes” and that the German and American agencies are in bed together. Snowden says this not only because they share information, but also the tools and infrastructure to do so.
Whether or not the BND is always aware of this “cooperation”, Snowden doesn’t know. He expressed his belief that it is no secret that the NSA has information on citizens from every country in the world and that millions of data connections from German citizens are collected each day by the U.S. security agency. Snowden said that it is likely that the BND is aware of some of this data collection to some extent.
There is a lot more from Snowden in the full interview, which can be read from the German-language transcript [download]. As of press time, video of the interview has not been made available within the U.S.