French aviation group Airbus is preparing to file a complaint about the espionage allegations of German authorities. On Thursday, the company started to file a criminal complaint against German intelligence service officials who made the company the target of US industrial espionage case.
Airbus decided to take action after the German media reports. According to those reports, the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst) spy agency in Germany collected information and data about European firms to deliver it to the NSA (US National Security Agency).
The Airbus Company stated that they are one of the targets and subjects of the espionage because of their giant power and domination in the aviation market and other companies want to compete with them.
"However, in this case we are alarmed because there is concrete suspicion of industrial espionage. We have asked the German government for information,” they said in the statement.
“We will now file a criminal complaint against persons unknown on suspicion of industrial espionage.”
The National Intelligence Office in the US explained that they collect information about economy, finance and terrorist activities from other countries. They also mentioned that they did not use their information devices for stealing foreign companies’ trade secrets in order to make US companies more powerful in the market.
A report released in Germany has claimed the country’s intelligence service Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) spied on France and the European Union on behalf of the United States.
According to leaked documents published in Bild, the BND spied a number of European firms, including Airbus and Eurocopter at the request of Washington’s National Security Agency (NSA) to check if they were abiding by trade embargoes.
Despite the cooperation agreement between the NSA and the BND agencies, even German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone conversations were monitored by the NSA in a joint operation with the British spy service GCHQ.
A CIA official based at the US embassy in Berlin was later expelled after another leaked report which surfaced last July stated that a number of German officials had spied on behalf of the NSA.