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Statement by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper on Allegations of Economic Espionage

September 8, 2013

It is not a secret that the Intelligence Community collects information about economic and financial matters, and terrorist financing. 

What we do not do, as we have said many times, is use our foreign intelligence capabilities to steal the trade secrets of foreign companies on behalf of - or give intelligence we collect to - US companies to enhance their international competitiveness or increase their bottom line.
Tags: DNI, espionage, industrial espionage, NSA