The Widening Rift Between Germany, US Over Spying Allegations

US-German Relations Frayed After Latest Spying Revelation Germany has asked Washington’s top CIA official in Germany to leave the country after a second individual was placed under investigation for spying on Germany. The request, which is being described as “a reaction to unsuccessful cooperation in the pursuit of clarification,” was made after a special panel convened to discuss this week’s developments.

A week ago, German prosecutors arrested an employee of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) foreign intelligence agency on suspicion he had acted as a spy against Germany.

According to SPIEGEL ONLINE, the suspect in question had worked for close to a year as a desk officer in the Defense Ministry’s political department, and had been under observation for months by Germany’s military intelligence agency

While his computers have been seized, officials have yet to find concrete proof that he spied and he has since been released from detainment.

Michael Wertz told  “shockwave” sent through the Obama administration after Berlin’s decision to expel the Washington’s highest CIA official in Germany.

“This is a wake-up call for the US government – to make it clear how serious things are in Germany. That realization is slowly working its way through Washington,” said Michael Werz, a Washington insider at the nonpartisan think tank, Center for American Progress, told a German newspaper.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeie is scheduled to meet with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the ongoing spy controversy.


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