Christian Steffen was next in line at an automated car wash in Hürth, Germany, when he received a call from the weekly magazine, "Der Spiegel." Over the next 30 minutes he was informed that, according to documents seen by the magazine, his satellite communications company, Stellar GmbH, had been hacked by a joint GCHQ/NSA electronic monitoring program, along with two other German firms operating similar businesses.
"The name Snowden wasn't mentioned," says Steffen. "But I could put [two and two] together. Actually, they said it related to the Bics, to the Belgacom case."