Berlin Demands CIA Chief To Leave The Country Following Second Spying Allegation

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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.

 

Sources: Reuters
Photo: Alan [Flickr]

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6 comments
Corinna Wensien Bienger
Corinna Wensien Bienger

I agree this is not a question of which party is government or opposition at the moment, it's a problem the country has with the whole government. Apart from what's going on in the country which I agree is terrible, USA is losing its high profile in the world if they keep doing what they are doing internationally. Europeans had high hopes in the actual government, but it has not gotten better at all, and I don't see it in the near future either. I still love America and think there's no better place, but it sure changes a lot.

Darlene Fuchs
Darlene Fuchs

The government is doing things that the American citizens are against. If ALL of the elected officials, Republicans and Democrates, do not get off their high horses and make considerable changes, an American revolution could be in our future. Sure hope I am not around to witness such a thing.

Corinna Wensien Bienger
Corinna Wensien Bienger

It is scary to think of what is becoming of your beautiful and proud country that I love so much. There are some things that go awefully wrong, and the USA will be slowly losing their friends in the world if they continue doing what they do. Nobody wants that!

Darlene Fuchs
Darlene Fuchs

I Agee Corinna! All the civil rights that were fought for in the 60's are being taken away. Sadly we must assume someone us watching or listening to everything we do. Privacy even in your own home is slowly becoming a thing of the past. If these practices continue, they will hurt US relations in the world and Americans will eventually have to standup and fight for what is right. These practices were put into action under Bush and continue today. \U0001f612

Corinna Wensien Bienger
Corinna Wensien Bienger

You are right Darlene, but WE don't like it! Friends should not spy on each other. I do hope this won't hurt our coutries' friendship!

Darlene Fuchs
Darlene Fuchs

Big Brother is everywhere. There is NO such thing as privacy.