Spy Scandal Worsens: ANOTHER Alleged U.S. Agent Discovered in Berlin

Telegraph screencapTelegraph screencapWhen allegations emerged this weekend that the United States had a spy in Germany's intelligence agency, one German politician declared it to be "one of the worst intelligence scandals in Germany in recent decades." Well, it may be getting worse. Reports today suggest that another spy may have been discovered.

The Guardian reports:

German authorities are investigating the second case of a government employee suspected of spying on confidential government affairs for US secret services within a week.

Public prosecutors confirmed that the home and office of a defense ministry employee in the greater Berlin area had been searched on Wednesday morning.

They told The Guardian that a search had been conducted "under suspicion of secret agent activity" and that evidence – including computers and several data storage devices – had been seized for analysis. The federal prosecutor's office confirmed that no arrest had yet been made.

This "suspect was [allegedly] a Bundeswehr soldier suspected of passing information to United States military intelligence," according to The New York Times.

So far, no arrest has been made.

If the investigation does confirm Berlin's suspicions, tensions with Washington will almost certainly escalate. Following the previous spy revelation, many German officials were outraged; Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere suggested that his country should spy on the U.S. in return.

Regarding today's incident, "Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners said Washington should remove any U.S. embassy staff involved and cease spying on its ally," notes Reuters.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    It would be a scandal if we weren't spying on the Krauts. Don't make me Godwin this.

  • WTF||

    All this fake indignation is bullshit. All nations spy on each other. I'm sure the Germans are spying on us, too.

  • AlmightyJB||

    "It would be a scandal if weweren'tspying on the Krauts."

    But they proved themselves so trustworthy in the 20th century

  • kinnath||

    It is truly shocking when a government agency performs its intended function in a somewhat competent manner.

  • WTF||

    You know who else was discovered in Berlin?

  • Swiss Servator, Alles Klar||

    Terri Nunn?

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    The Ampulex Dementor?

  • Mark22||

    Is that Merkel's NSA code name? It seems quite fitting, given the wasp's m.o.

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

  • Lord Humungus||

    Nena?

  • Lord Humungus||

    who, btw, is looking damn good for an old lady
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-Q6lKQwzcY

  • Rhywun||

    She remade some of her old hits recently (for those of us who speak German, there was more than one) and she did a damn fine job of it too.

  • Lady Bertrum||

    Yeah? So what.

    So the Germans are gonna be mad at the US. okay.

    I assume we're spying on all our allies. Isn't that the CIA's job? If we're not going to spy on allies, frenemies, and enemies, why have a spy agency?

  • Rhywun||

    Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere suggested that his country should spy on the U.S. in return

    Oh FFS, like they aren't already.

    This whole pretense needs to stop.

  • Swiss Servator, Alles Klar||

    You mean there is a German Spy Agency?!

    http://www.bnd.bund.de/EN/_Home/home_node.html

  • MJGreen||

    It's like a Civilization game come to life!

    Yes, of course I want to send my spy into my ally's capitol. And if Bismarck gets mad, I'm still 100 years ahead of him on the tech tree.

  • Swiss Servator, Alles Klar||

    +1 Veteran Infantry Army

  • Scott S.||

    I actually forced a coup in Kiev in a recent game. I felt a little guilty, but I needed to get them out of Greece's hands.

  • Sudden||

    I always pinned you as Svoboda, scott.

  • ||

    Finally, a real scandal that we can pay attention to. Hopefully the dozens of fake scandals will die now.

  • WTF||

    No, since this also happened under Obama, this too is a fake scandal. And also the fault of BOOOSH!!11!!

  • AlmightyJB||

    Obama didn't even know we had spys in Germany.

  • Rhywun||

    Not until he read it in the paper.

  • WTF||

    Until he saw it on CNN.

  • Mark22||

    "I was shocked when I heard this morning on CNN that Bush's spy agencies have been hurting our relations with our most trusted progressive allies. Clearly, this is the fault of Republicans in Congress. But even though they have been obstructing me on this issue that I just heard about for months, I will act on my own, for democracy and for the children.

    Let me be clear: not having friendly relations with our allies and not spying on them is a false choice. When I am president, I will be able... err... I am accomplishing both!"

  • Jordan||

    I don't particularly care if we spy on other countries, but I am enjoying watching the government squirm on this. I hope Germany milks this for all its worth. Fuck the NSA. Fuck the Feds. Fuck the King.

  • Rhywun||

    Wait til Putin trots out an American spy.

  • Rasilio||

    Yeah, well then we'll just trot out Keri Russel.

  • MegaloMonocle||

    All this fake indignation is bullshit

    Its a code. All government know everybody is spying on them. If you're all friends, you don't mention it. But, it gives you a pretext to piss and moan when one of your "friends" is getting out of alignment.

    The Germans don't want to say publicly "Holy fuck, what kind of incompetent gibberish is this "smart diplomacy". Is it really smart to piss on your allies and give the store to your enemies?"

    So they do this instead.

  • Mark22||

    "The Germans" is a politicians with huge economic and social problems. This is just an attempt to deflect attention from that. Anti Americanism in Germany is one of their irrelevant hot button issues that politicians use confuse and manipulate voters. It has a long tradition in Germany, from Bismarck and Hitler all the way to modern German Christian Democrats and communists.

  • Mark22||

    "The Germans" is a politicians with huge economic and social problems. This is just an attempt to deflect attention from that. Anti Americanism in Germany is one of their irrelevant hot button issues that politicians use confuse and manipulate voters. It has a long tradition in Germany, from Bismarck and Hitler all the way to modern German Christian Democrats and communists.

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