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Germany arrests Suspected Double Agent spying for U.S.: Lawmakers

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An employee of Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the United States, two lawmakers with knowledge of the affair told Reuters on Friday. The German Federal Prosecutor's office said in a statement that a 31-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign spy, but it gave no further details. Investigations were continuing, it said.

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 man, who is German, has admitted passing to an American contact details about a special German parliamentary committee set up to investigate the spying revelations made by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the politicians said.

Both lawmakers are members of the nine-person parliamentary control committee, whose meetings are confidential, and which is in charge of monitoring the work of German intelligence agencies.....snip~

Germany arrests suspected double agent spying for U.S.: lawmakers


It appears we will be having some more trouble with Germany. They have summoned the US Ambassador to give a swift explanation. Even though they state he is suspected. I think once he admitted to any connection.....puts him past just being suspected of anything. What say ye?
 

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An employee of Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the United States, two lawmakers with knowledge of the affair told Reuters on Friday. The German Federal Prosecutor's office said in a statement that a 31-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign spy, but it gave no further details. Investigations were continuing, it said.

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 man, who is German, has admitted passing to an American contact details about a special German parliamentary committee set up to investigate the spying revelations made by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the politicians said.

Both lawmakers are members of the nine-person parliamentary control committee, whose meetings are confidential, and which is in charge of monitoring the work of German intelligence agencies.....snip~

Germany arrests suspected double agent spying for U.S.: lawmakers


It appears we will be having some more trouble with Germany. They have summoned the US Ambassador to give a swift explanation. Even though they state he is suspected. I think once he admitted to any connection.....puts him past just being suspected of anything. What say ye?

No comment.:peace
 

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An employee of Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the United States, two lawmakers with knowledge of the affair told Reuters on Friday. The German Federal Prosecutor's office said in a statement that a 31-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign spy, but it gave no further details. Investigations were continuing, it said.

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 man, who is German, has admitted passing to an American contact details about a special German parliamentary committee set up to investigate the spying revelations made by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the politicians said.

Both lawmakers are members of the nine-person parliamentary control committee, whose meetings are confidential, and which is in charge of monitoring the work of German intelligence agencies.....snip~

Germany arrests suspected double agent spying for U.S.: lawmakers


It appears we will be having some more trouble with Germany. They have summoned the US Ambassador to give a swift explanation. Even though they state he is suspected. I think once he admitted to any connection.....puts him past just being suspected of anything. What say ye?

Its almost like every time one of Obama's numerous scandals dies down in the news, something thrusts it back into the spotlight.
 

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Its not like that now is it JH. :2wave: Is this some more bungling or gross incompetence?

It will be below zero in hell before I have anything to say about this.:peace
 

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An employee of Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the United States, two lawmakers with knowledge of the affair told Reuters on Friday. The German Federal Prosecutor's office said in a statement that a 31-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign spy, but it gave no further details. Investigations were continuing, it said.

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 man, who is German, has admitted passing to an American contact details about a special German parliamentary committee set up to investigate the spying revelations made by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the politicians said.

Both lawmakers are members of the nine-person parliamentary control committee, whose meetings are confidential, and which is in charge of monitoring the work of German intelligence agencies.....snip~

Germany arrests suspected double agent spying for U.S.: lawmakers


It appears we will be having some more trouble with Germany. They have summoned the US Ambassador to give a swift explanation. Even though they state he is suspected. I think once he admitted to any connection.....puts him past just being suspected of anything. What say ye?

What can one say, it would seem to me that our intel agencies should have been on the P's and Q's. Or there is another possibility, if this guy was recruited by someone posing as an American intel agent to further divide Germany and the U.S.
 

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It will be below zero in hell before I have anything to say about this.:peace

Well.....I can understand. But this is not good at all.....and not now, not with what is going on with Syria and Iraq. Nor with anything dealing with Putin.

No wonder Putin was making nicey nice today.
 

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An employee of Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the United States, two lawmakers with knowledge of the affair told Reuters on Friday. The German Federal Prosecutor's office said in a statement that a 31-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign spy, but it gave no further details. Investigations were continuing, it said.

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 man, who is German, has admitted passing to an American contact details about a special German parliamentary committee set up to investigate the spying revelations made by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the politicians said.

Both lawmakers are members of the nine-person parliamentary control committee, whose meetings are confidential, and which is in charge of monitoring the work of German intelligence agencies.....snip~

Germany arrests suspected double agent spying for U.S.: lawmakers


It appears we will be having some more trouble with Germany. They have summoned the US Ambassador to give a swift explanation. Even though they state he is suspected. I think once he admitted to any connection.....puts him past just being suspected of anything. What say ye?


I think spying for another country is treason and is one of the most despicable things someone can do. So I have no problem with Germany punishing this spy.
 

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Its almost like every time one of Obama's numerous scandals dies down in the news, something thrusts it back into the spotlight.


Heya USC. :2wave: Yeah and not after BO allegedly smoozched things over with Merkel. I guess the Big Smiles and the limelight didn't fool the Germans. One thing we know Right now. That US Ambassador.....will have no cover from BO.
 

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This will be swept well under the rug....no youtube video to use.
 

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Well if we're bugging everyone, I'm not surprised we've got double agents and spies involved too.
 

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What can one say, it would seem to me that our intel agencies should have been on the P's and Q's. Or there is another possibility, if this guy was recruited by someone posing as an American intel agent to further divide Germany and the U.S.



Heya Pero. One would think they would have been. But then dealing with double agents, now that would be what is known as the real slippery slope. Who is running the State Dept now? Looks like Kerry will be sent to do the damage control, huh?
 

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Heya Pero. One would think they would have been. But then dealing with double agents, now that would be what is known as the real slippery slope. Who is running the State Dept now? Looks like Kerry will be sent to do the damage control, huh?

I doubt if state would have recruited this guy. not that they don't have their own small intel section. But I would imagine Kerry will be kept quite busy.
 

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I doubt if state would have recruited this guy. not that they don't have their own small intel section. But I would imagine Kerry will be kept quite busy.

Yeah as I don't see this going back to BO directly. But do you think the Germans will force him to respond?
 

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Yeah as I don't see this going back to BO directly. But do you think the Germans will force him to respond?

If it is true, sure the Germans will. Especially right after this NSA thing.
 

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If it is true, sure the Germans will. Especially right after this NSA thing.

Not to mention it doesn't help that this was connected to Snowden. Either way, more is going to be coming with this.

Wonder what Hillary will have to say. In her book she mentioned about BO and winging it with Foreign Policy.
 

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Not to mention it doesn't help that this was connected to Snowden. Either way, more is going to be coming with this.

Wonder what Hillary will have to say. In her book she mentioned about BO and winging it with Foreign Policy.
Ah, the old wing and a prayer. If I was Hillary, I would just keep quiet about it. Take a break from all public appearances for a couple of weeks. She is no longer in government, she doesn't have to comment on it. It would be wise to see what becomes of this before making any comment if that is possible.
 

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Its not like that now is it JH. :2wave: Is this some more bungling or gross incompetence?


It is behavior consistent with the MO for NSA and CIA. Quite similar to the old days of the Cold War in which double agents were recruited.

The Germans now know for sure how superficial their relationship with the US is. By infiltrating the German government proceedings the US has demonstrated for the umpteenth time how ruthless and dishonorable they are. Plenty of lip service for the cameras about "international friendship", but the record shows the deception.
 

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It is behavior consistent with the MO for NSA and CIA. Quite similar to the old days of the Cold War in which double agents were recruited.

The Germans now know for sure how superficial their relationship with the US is. By infiltrating the German government proceedings the US has demonstrated for the umpteenth time how ruthless and dishonorable they are. Plenty of lip service for the cameras about "international friendship", but the record shows the deception.


Mornin HD. :2wave: Someone will be taking the heat. It was involving Snowden too. So the Germans just didn't let that go. Like I mentioned....Putin came out a few hours ahead of this and said he wanted to work with the US. Making nicey nice. But then I am willing to bet he knew this was coming down.
 

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Mornin HD. :2wave: Someone will be taking the heat. It was involving Snowden too. So the Germans just didn't let that go. Like I mentioned....Putin came out a few hours ahead of this and said he wanted to work with the US. Making nicey nice. But then I am willing to bet he knew this was coming down.

Mornin' MMC.

My bet is that because the Germans were now aware, from Snowden's revelations, that the digital domain was utterly compromised by the NSA, perhaps these particular meetings were done the old-fashioned way, paper and pen with little or no digital records kept.

And somehow they discovered their secret proceedings had been compromised? I wonder how they caught this guy?
 

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All spies for America work in America spying on Americans, everyone knows that!!!!
 

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Everyone spies on everyone - but this is surely a black eye for our intelligence agency's. Whomever is doing the recruiting should be replaced with someone with better skills. We already had a kerfluffle with Germany last year when the Snowden stuff broke and it was found out we were bugging Germany and they didn't like it, now this guy gets caught and we again look inept and relations take yet another hit. Perhaps it would be wise to pull back a little on spying on our friends for a little while?
 

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Mornin' MMC.

My bet is that because the Germans were now aware, from Snowden's revelations, that the digital domain was utterly compromised by the NSA, perhaps these particular meetings were done the old-fashioned way, paper and pen with little or no digital records kept.

And somehow they discovered their secret proceedings had been compromised? I wonder how they caught this guy?



This is going to get worse as they just had two NSA people testify or report to the German Leftist Panel. It appears BO has known since Thursday.


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In this picture taken Thursday evening July 3, 2014, former NSA employee Thomas Drake, right, and his lawyer Jesselyn Radack arrive at the parliamentary NSA investigation committee in Berlin, Germany, German lawmakers began hearing expert testimony for a probe into the activities of foreign intelligence agencies in Germany. The inquiry was sparked by reports based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, which showed that German citizens, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, were targeted by U.S. intelligence


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 U.S. intelligence agencies. Her panel heard testimony on Thursday from two former NSA employees, Thomas Drake and William Binney.

"If the media reports (about the case) are confirmed then there can't just be a legal response, there also has to be a political response," she said

Seibert said Merkel discussed "foreign policy matters" in a telephone conversation with President Barack Obama late Thursday. He said the conversation focused on Ukraine but wouldn't say whether the arrest was discussed.

The U.S. National Security Council declined to comment. The BND didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.....snip~

Report: German intel worker allegedly spied for US
 

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Everyone spies on everyone - but this is surely a black eye for our intelligence agency's. Whomever is doing the recruiting should be replaced with someone with better skills. We already had a kerfluffle with Germany last year when the Snowden stuff broke and it was found out we were bugging Germany and they didn't like it, now this guy gets caught and we again look inept and relations take yet another hit. Perhaps it would be wise to pull back a little on spying on our friends for a little while?

Like you said, everyone spies on everyone. After the revelations the Germans probably turned up the heat to find an American spy and embarrass us further.

Lets be careful about firing folks who do the kind of jobs we wouldn't, for pay probably less than their talents because something goes wrong.
 
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