German Chancellor Angela Merkel was once again outraged at the United States after officials discovered two undercover U.S. spies working inside the German government. The most recent discovery has led Germany to tell an unnamed top CIA station chief to leave the country immediately, leaving open the possibility for a forcible expulsion if he does not leave voluntarily.
The most recent suspected U.S. spy was discovered working inside the Defense Ministry on Wednesday, just a few days after a German foreign intelligence worker was taken into custody for admittedly sending secret documents to a U.S. contact and working as a suspected CIA informant.
Merkel’s frustration hasn’t gone unnoticed in recent months, but in a rare statement, the German chancellor spoke out on the matter stating that “spying on allies… is a waste of energy. We have so many problems, we should focus on the important things. In the Cold War maybe there was general mistrust. Today we are living in the 21st century. Today there are completely new threats.”
When asked for a comment, a White House spokeswoman declined to comment on what she said were reports of “a purported intelligence matter” and that the “security and intelligence relationship with Germany is a very important one and it keeps Germans and Americans safe … It is essential that cooperation continue.”
Public outrage in Germany has also been spreading over the continued U.S. spying efforts in their country, and while forcing a top U.S. intelligence officer out of the country is a small step of action on Merkel’s part, more work will need to be done to actually fix the growing tensions between the two allies.