Germany expels the representative of the U.S. secret services in Berlin

Posted on July 10, 2014


Thursday 10, July 2014 | 9:35 a.m.
The German government today announced that it has urged the head of the American secret services of the U.S. embassy in Berlin to leave the country.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman, Steffen Seibert, informed of this decision in a statement after the last two cases of alleged U.S. spy detected in Germany in the last week.

“The request was made in the light of research carried out by the Attorney General, as well as the months without getting answers about the activities of U.S. intelligence in Germany,” the spokesman argued.

Seibert added that the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel takes “very seriously” the subject, although considered “indispensable” a “close and trusted” cooperation with Washington “in the interest of the safety of its citizens and their missions abroad. ”

To maintain this type of bilateral relations “mutual trust” and “transparency” is “necessary,” Seibert said, something Berlin “pending his closest partners”.

Shortly before this release, Merkel had advocated wait pending the outcome of ongoing research to explore possible consequences.

In a press conference, the head of the German Government stated that no “want to speculate” about the actions that the Executive would, after several media who was shuffled from advancing expulsion contact the U.S. Embassy in Berlin of the two alleged spies detected in the last seven days.

In his view, it is necessary to first remain “sufficiently clear” the facts, something that will be decisive research that is currently underway federal prosecutors.

Merkel branded a “waste of energy” spy on partners when there are “huge problems” at present, as jihadi terrorism, and urged to “focus on the essential.”

“The cold war has ended,” the work of the secret services in the twenty-first century must be other very different, and the key is to keep the “trust” between allies who “share values” he added.

“In these times it is critical to maintain confidence, because more confidence means more security,” he argued.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, moved that Germany is determined to “strengthen” the protection of their communications and counterintelligence efforts, “essential” for the defense of democracy.

According to preliminary investigations, he explained, the alleged spies detected in the last week had not had access to any important information.

Federal prosecutors announced yesterday that it was investigating a person who works at the German Ministry of Defence to the possibility that he had leaked information to U.S. intelligence, and also made several records.

On Wednesday last week prosecutors arrested a German spy accused of acting as a double agent for Washington, who would target 218 documents, including minutes of that commission investigating the activities of U.S. intelligence

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