Friday, July 4, 2014

Germany/US: German National, 31, Reportedly Arrested for Spying on Behalf of US

According to The Associated Press, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday (July 4) that she has been informed of the arrest of a German national who is an intelligence service employee accused of spying for the United States. 

Federal prosecutors said the 31-year-old German was arrested Wednesday (July 2) on suspicion of spying for foreign intelligence services. They did not identify the suspect or the intelligence service for whom the German was working.

Chancellor Merkel's spokesman declined to comment on whether reporting in Der Spiegel and the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung indicated whether the German suspect arrested had been working for Germany's foreign intelligence service (BND).   

COMMENT: Seemingly, if the NSA continues to eavesdrop on the entire world, simply because it can, the Obama Administration may soon discover that no country will trust the US...ever.

The arrested suspect was alleged to have passed information about a German parliamentary committee investigating the activities of US and other intelligence agencies in Germany.

Reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on German citizens, including Chancellor's Merkel's personal mobile, have caused friction between Berlin and Washington since they were first published last year, based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Martina Renner, a member of the opposition Left Party on the parliamentary panel, said the case indicated that anyone who examined Snowden's revelations in detail was subject to scrutiny by US intelligence agencies.

Renner's panel heard testimony on Thursday (July 3) from two former NSA employees, Thomas Drake and William Binney. See below: