Well recounted, Armin.

In 2000, the ex-head of the CIA, James Woolsey, crowed about
industrial espionage in response to Duncan Campbell’s EP
report “Interception Capabilities,” asserting “all countries do it:”

http://cryptome.org/echelon-cia.htm

Campbell’s report:

http://cryptome.org/jya/ic2000.zip (981KB)

Campbell’s was the last of four for the EP entitled “Development
of Surveillance Technology and Risk of Abuse of Economic
Information:”

http://cryptome.org/dst-1.htm
http://cryptome.org/dst-2.htm
http://cryptome.org/dst-3.htm

These evolved from the groundbreaking 1998 report for the
EP by Steven Wright, “An Appraisal of the Technologies of
Political Control:”

http://cryptome.org/stoa-atpc.htm