It is not a secret that the Intelligence Community …

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

We collect this information for many important reasons: for one, it could provide the United States and our allies early warning of international financial crises which could negatively impact the global economy. It also could provide insight into other countries’ economic policy or behavior which could affect global markets.

Statement by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper on Allegations of Economic Espionage (8.9.2013)

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