16.05.2021

Germany led industrial espionage for Swiss companies

For many years, the Federal Foreign Intelligence Service of Germany has been collecting confidential information about Swiss companies located in Austria.

This was reported by the Swiss edition of SonntagsBlick, citing publications by Austrian Der Standard and Profil.

German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) from 1999 to 2006 collected telephone calls and emails from employees and management of various Swiss companies whose subsidiaries were located in Austria. Among the goals of espionage by the German secret services were the pharmaceutical company Sandoz, a member of the Novartis group; logical concern Panalpina; Bossard, Tecan, Habasit and several other companies.

Part of the intercepted information also came to the US intelligence agencies represented by the National Security Agency (NSA), the extent of surveillance by which against citizens of the United States, as well as other states, became known several years earlier due to the revelations of its former employee Edward Snowden.

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The German Federal Intelligence Service is directly subordinate to the German Chancellor. As noted, the Swiss authorities were aware of the ongoing industrial espionage, but “could not do anything” due to lack of authority.

A member of the Council of Cantons from the Socialist Party, Claude Zagnac, president of the Business Delegation (GPDel), which exercises parliamentary oversight of Swiss intelligence services, announced that the organization will study the published information.

Davis: parliamentary vote will not cancel Brexit

The British Minister for Brexit, David Davis, said that the decision to withdraw the country from the European Union will not be canceled regardless of the results of negotiations with the bloc, reports Reuters.

British Prime Minister Teresa May will meet with MPs who want a “meaningful vote” on a possible Brexit deal and establish a “direction” for the government if lawmakers reject the agreement with the EU.

“Whatever we do, we are not going to cancel this (decision to leave the EU),” Davis told BBC radio. “A meaningful vote is not an opportunity to cancel the results of the referendum.”

When asked if May could lead the conservatives to the next UK election, Davis also said: “I think so … in fact, I hope so.”

Iran sues Boeing for disruption of supplies

Iran will file a lawsuit in an international court against the American company Boeing because of a refusal to supply aircraft in accordance with the signed contracts for $ 20 billion, PressTV reported, citing a statement by Iranian parliament deputy Taki Kabiri.

“The Islamic Republic will try in international courts to seek proceedings against the corporation for unilateral cancellation of contracts,” Kabiri said. Boeing Corporation said on June 6 that it did not intend to deliver aircraft to Iran in accordance with the signed contracts in connection with the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the deal on the Iranian atom and his promise to resume sanctions previously lifted to Iran.

The company said that they did not deliver planes to Iran, and after the decision of the United States to renew sanctions, the company lost its license to trade with Iran.

In September 2016, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama allowed the sale of civilian aircraft to Iran, as the agreement reached on Vienna’s nuclear program in 2015 in Tehran provides for the resumption of such business activity, TASS notes.

In December 2016, the Iranian airline Iran Air signed an agreement with Boeing to acquire 80 passenger aircraft. Deliveries were supposed to be carried out for ten years starting in 2018. The contract value amounted to $ 16.6 billion.

In April 2017, Boeing and the Iranian airline Iran Aseman Airlines reached an agreement to sell another 30 aircraft to Iran.

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