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USA: German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich says after talks with the U.S. attorney general in Washington that U.S. authorities do not spy on German companies

The United States does not spy on German companies, Germany's interior minister told reporters in Washington on Friday (July 12) after meetings with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Speaking at the German embassy, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said "we received clear answers that there is no economic espionage by the United States, American authorities, the intelligence service against German companies." "There are no agreements between the int...

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WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (JULY 12, 2013) (REUTERS) GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER HANS-PETER FRIEDRICH WALKING TO MICROPHONE AT GERMANY EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER, HANS-PETER FRIEDRICH, SAYING: "It was important that we received clear answers, clear answers that there is no economic espionage by the United States, American authorities, the intelligence service against German companies. There are no agreements between the intelligence service NSA and German authorities regarding the spying on each other's citizens, which is illegal according to the country's own law." REPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER, HANS-PETER FRIEDRICH, SAYING: "Almost all the information regarding this programme is top secret. Everyone talking about it is committing a crime, according to U.S. law and the president himself ordered a declassification. I agreed with the justice minister (Attorney General Eric Holder) that we will accompany this declass...

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (JULY 12, 2013) (REUTERS) GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER HANS-PETER FRIEDRICH WALKING TO MICROPHONE AT GERMANY EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER, HANS-PETER FRIEDRICH, SAYING: "It was important that we received clear answers, clear answers that there is no economic espionage by the United States, American authorities, the intelligence service against German companies. There are no agreements between the intelligence service NSA and German authorities regarding the spying on each other's citizens, which is illegal according to the country's own law." REPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER, HANS-PETER FRIEDRICH, SAYING: "Almost all the information regarding this programme is top secret. Everyone talking about it is committing a crime, according to U.S. law and the president himself ordered a declassification. I agreed with the justice minister (Attorney General Eric Holder) that we will accompany this declassification process, that our delegation, our experts from the different ministries and intelligence services will receive the information the declassification allows for." WIDE OF FRIEDRICH SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER, HANS-PETER FRIEDRICH, SAYING: "I made very clear that it would be unacceptable for us if American authorities violated German law in Germany. These are issues left to the experts now who will be asking the right questions in the right places, such as what the operational activities concern. This is something that goes deep into the operational activity and touches the utmost secrecy of intelligence services. So there won't be any fast or easy answers and once there are answers, it is possible they can only be exchanged on the level of intelligence services." (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER, HANS-PETER FRIEDRICH, (ASKED FOR REACTION ON EDWARD SNOWDEN'S REQUEST FOR ASYLUM IN MOSCOW) SAYING: "I don't think Moscow is the place where freedom of the Internet can be well defended." FRIEDRICH WALKING OFF

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