Skip to comments.Germany to escalate counter-espionage efforts in wake of US spying allegations
Posted on 07/07/2014 8:31:37 AM PDT by PoloSec
Germany may step up its counter-espionage efforts after an employee of its intelligence service was arrested on suspicion of spying for the US.
Measures being considered in response to scandal include monitoring the intelligence activities of nominal Nato allies such as America, Britain and France, as well as expelling US agents from Germany.
According to a report in Bild, interior minister Thomas de Maizière has emphasised the urgent need for a "360 degree vision" of the foreign secret agency's activities. The newspaper claims to have obtained an internal document which outlines "concrete counter measures", thus moving away from a policy of not spying on Nato allies.
Asked about the new policy, a spokesperson of the German interior ministry didn't deny the reports and told The Guardian that "an efficient and effective counter-intelligence against all sides is important, necessary, and has to be better organised than it has until now."
On Wednesday, Germany's federal prosecutor had arrested a 31-year-old employee of the German intelligence agency (BND) under suspicion of having sold secret documents to a contact at the CIA.
The BND staffer, a technical support worker employed in a unit dealing mainly with the protection of German soldiers abroad, is alleged to have established contact with the American secret service by contacting the US embassy. Rather than report the contact to their allied German counterparts, the CIA is reported to have paid the agent 25,000 (£20,000) for 218 documents classified as "confidential" and "top secret"
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What in hell is the US government doing spying on one of our closest allies? ‘Monitoring’ like what the NSA does is bad enough, but this is the kind of old school espionage that you do to your enemies, not to your friends!!!
“the kind of old school espionage that you do to your enemies, not to your friends!!!”
Bullshit. NSA/CIA’s job is to do the spying. There are only permanent interests, not friends. 70 years ago, USA was carpet bombing “friends” in Germany.
Then we’ve nothing to complain about with Snowden, do we?
“Then weve nothing to complain about with Snowden, do we?”
Spying on Americans is not the same spying on Germans. Duh