The arrest of a German intelligence employee for allegedly spying for the US has caused an uproar among German politicians. The country’s foreign minister has demanded an immediate clarification of the situation from Washington.
arrests suspected 'double agent' for working for US – report
"If the reports are true, then we're not talking about
trifles," Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on a visit to
Mongolia, DPA reports. He added that prompt clarification of the
details in the case were in the “US’s own interest.”
Earlier, US Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson was summoned to
the German Foreign Office to answer questions concerning the
recent arrest of a 31-year-old German foreign intelligence agency
(BND) employee, who confessed to having spied for the US.
German tabloid Bild reported that the man had been a double agent
for two years, during which time he exchanged bundles of secret
documents for €25,000 ($34,100).
The harshest reaction so far has come from German President
Joachim Gauck. If the spying allegations are confirmed, “one
really has to say, enough is enough,” he told the ZDF