Berlin calls for a “quick explanation” for case of double agent

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 10:03:39 by
Angela Merkel

The German government on Monday considered “very serious” allegations against the alleged double – agent arrested last Wednesday by prosecutors, allegedly leaked information of the Bundestag (Parliament) to the U.S. and has demanded a “quick and precise explanation” by Washington. During an official visit to China, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that if it is established that the agent, his identity is unknown, was cooperating with the U.S. secret services, “it would be a very serious process “.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, said on ARD public television that the U.S. must give its version of events following the arrest of a 31-year employee of the German secret services accused of passing information to Washington on the secondment parliamentary investigating U.S. intelligence in Germany. “I hope that everyone cooperate to clear up this case quickly, including the U.S.,” added Maizière.

De Maizière also believes that the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), the German foreign – intelligence should explain what happened and prepare “countermeasures ” to prevent a recurrence, the newspaper Bild reported. ” It appears that [ the suspect ] was working for the Americans,” the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung quoting a member of the German Intelligence.

According to various media, the accused went (to the U.S.)  with German internal documents, including three related to the investigation of the Bundestag Study Commission records. Merkel’s government, however, has remained on the sidelines and has neither confirmed nor denied this information. In exchange for these services, the alleged spy had received 25,000 euros were transferred at a meeting in Austria with other U.S. agents.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung stated that the suspect tried to contact the Russian secret services, but whether information is also transferred in this direction.

The parliamentary commission investigating the U.S. intelligence began working in Germany in the wake of revelations of former official of the U.S. intelligence agency (NSA) Edward Snowden, who exposed the Washington spy program worldwide.

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