Germany discovers another alleged US spy

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 9:30:13 by
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The German authorities are investigating a second case of spying for the United States, following the arrest last week of a German accused of 31 years of work at the same time for the secret service of his country and for U.S.. The German federal prosecutor and criminal police department confirmed Wednesday that records have been made in a private home and offices in Berlin after discovering this new spy for the United States. This time it points to an employee of the Ministry of Defence has confirmed that investigations are underway “around ” this organism.

As noted by Frankfurter Allgemeine, this implies that the investigation affect not only the ministry but also the army and military intelligence services, which would have uncovered the second case of espionage. Information matching public television NDR and WDR, as well as the digital edition of the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, indicate that the operation took place in the capital and its vicinity.

Federal prosecutors confirmed records, but refused to provide details on the grounds that the investigation remains open, while Chancellor Angela Merkel, declined to comment in a press release. However, Merkel said that the control bodies of the German Parliament will be informed of the matter, without implying in turn a confirmation of the news, she said. Asked by the media, the Chancellor did confirm without elaborating that in recent days there have been “conversations ” with the United States.

The German government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said the Frankfurter Allgemeine that the evidence must be confirmed before deciding possible actions, but stressed that the matter was “very serious.” Moreover, he warned that the “deep differences” with around U.S. espionage affect “trust” between governments.

According to reports in the German press, the suspect would have taken action to U.S. intelligence. The Ministry of Defence has not clarified whether it is a soldier or civilian, but also stressed that the matter is taken “very seriously “.

This news follows the arrest last week of a German agent working in the central intelligence in Pullach (Bavaria) and was in contact with the CIA two years ago. The suspect allegedly leaked documents to Washington parliamentary committee investigating the scandal of massive spying by the National Security Agency (NSA).

The U.S. ambassador in Berlin, John B. Emerson, was summoned last week by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  and, according to German media, on Tuesday appeared again before the department to address the issue, which threatens to further strain relations between the two countries. The German authorities consider that this second espionage case is even more serious than the first.

The scandal erupted last week when the German government seemed determined to move on tracking of mobile Chancellor Angela Merkel, uncovered by the National Security Agency (NSA) – Edward Snowden and regain good relations with Washington.

Merkel was informed of the arrest the same day she had a telephone conversation with the U.S. president, Barack Obama. According to the New York Times, Obama had not been informed of the arrest of the spy when he held a conversation with Merkel, who chose not to address the issue. The Foreign Ministry described as “very serious” incident and the Social Democrats, partners in the grand coalition government, demanded immediate explanations.

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1 Comment for “Germany discovers another alleged US spy”

  1. Nikos Retsos

    Why not? After all, it is easier to spy on allies that to spy for foes. Just take advantage of your naïve and trustful ally! Be careful Pakistan; it is happening to you, too!

    Back when the Edward Snwoden NSA spy scandal on ally Germany exploded, U.S. president Barack Obama laughed it off saying: “If I wanted to know something about Germany, I would pick up the phone and ask Chancellor Angela Merkel,” on quote! Obviously, he was fibbing, as the arrest of two German officials for spying for the U.S., and Germany’s expelling of the CIA Chief in Bonn, reveals today. I guess we are entering a new era in diplomatic relations in which spying has become a bold and cut-throat subterranean activity against both enemies and allies! Nikos Retsos, retired professor, USA

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