German Spy Agency Loses Blueprints for HQ

Masterplan for $2B building missing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2011 3:11 AM CDT
Journalists check out a mock up of the new headquarters of Germany's intelligence agency.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Embarrassed chiefs at Germany's spy agency have admitted that blueprints for the agency's new $2 billion headquarters are missing and might be in the hands of other spies. The plans include details of highly sensitive areas, including the building's logistical nerve center and anti-terror installations, the Guardian reports. The core of the Berlin building, which is nearing completion after several years of construction, may now have to be rebuilt.

"The big worry is that these plans have fallen into the wrong hands," said the chairman of the government's domestic affairs committee. "We could also lose the trust of our foreign partners, who may think: How can we give the Germans information and documents if they don't look after them carefully?" It's still not clear whether the blueprints were stolen or mislaid due to "sloppiness," he added.

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