- The Washington Times - Monday, September 9, 2013

More documents that were leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that the National Security Agency put Brazil’s state-run oil company under secret surveillance — though what for is largely an unknown.

Globo TV, a Brazilian outlet, reported that the NSA agency spied on Petrobras, but did not specify what information was gleaned. The NSA also obtained information from Google and the Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications — but again, it’s not known what specific information was taken, The Associated Press reported.

The financial company, also known as SWIFT, is in charge of facilitating almost all of the international bank transfers in the world, AP said.

The three companies were listed in a training manual that the NSA distributes to incoming agents, documents from information leaker Edward Snowden revealed.

Mr. Snowden’s previous information leaks revealed that the NSA, through its PRISM program, has been accessing client data from a range of technology giants, from Google to Facebook, for some time.