2nd United States spy turns up in Germany
Berlin: Germany is investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the US, a week after the arrest of a German intelligence employee cast a new shadow over ties between the two. Federal prosecutors said that police had raided properties in Berlin on “initial suspicion of activity for an intelligence agency.” No one was arrested.
“We have investigations in two cases of suspected espionage, a very serious suspicion,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said. Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that the second spy worked at Germany's defence ministry and is suspected of spying for the US. Die Welt reported that the man was a soldier.
Last week, a 31-year-old German intelligence employee was arrested on suspicion of spying for foreign powers since 2012. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reported that the German government was set to scrap its decades-old policy of not spying on key NATO allies – including the US – in response to the latest spy scandal.
Thomas de Maiziere, an interior minister told The Bild that Berlin wants “360 degree surveillance” of all intelligence-gathering operations in Germany.