Quantcast
Published On: Fri, Jul 4th, 2014

Germany arrests US double agent tied to NSA monitoring and leaking information

German authorities have arrested a German man in the BND, the country’s intelligence agency on suspicions of leaking information and spying for the US. Reuters noted in their July 4 article that two lawmakers have confirmed the arrest of the 31-year-old man.

photo Donkeyhotey  donkeyhotey@wordpress.com

photo Donkeyhotey [email protected]

The suspect has reportedly confessed to leaking special German parliamentary committee details surrounding the revelations made by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the politicians said. These meetings are confidential and is crucial to German intelligence.

Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and the broadcasters WDR and NDR reported that the alleged spy was first detained on suspicion of contacting Russian intelligence agents. He then admitted he had worked with Americans.

Bild newspaper said in an advance copy of an article to be published on Saturday that the man had worked for two years as a double agent and had stolen 218 confidential documents.

He sold the documents, three of which related to the work of the committee in the Bundestag, for 25,000 euros ($34,100), Bild said, citing security sources.

The case risks further straining ties with Washington, which were damaged by revelations last year of mass surveillance of German citizens by the U.S. National Security Agency, including the monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

The German Federal Prosecutor’s office confirmed the arrest on Friday in a statement, but offered no further details.

“This was a man who had no direct contact with the investigative committee… He was not a top agent,” said one of the politicians, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The suspect had offered his services to the United States voluntarily, the source said.

Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said: “We don’t take the matter of spying for foreign intelligence agencies lightly.”

When asked whether Merkel had discussed the issue with President Obama during a phone conversation on Thursday night, he merely said they had talked about foreign affairs.

The United States embassy in Berlin, the State Department in Washington and the White House all declined to comment.

Hans-Christian Ströbele, a member of Parliament from the Green Party who sits on both the intelligence oversight body and the N.S.A. inquiry panel, said he had “no reason to deny” the published reports he had seen on Friday about the spy case.

photo donkeyhotey  donkeyhotey@wordpress.com

photo donkeyhotey [email protected]

About the Author

- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

Tags
Displaying 1 Comments
Have Your Say
  1. Germany summons United States ambassador about NSA spying | Dear Kitty. Some blog says:

    […] Germany arrests US double agent tied to NSA monitoring and leaking information […]

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>



Recent Posts

Categories

Archives

At the Movies