Officials: CIA Recruited US Spy in Germany The spy, still unnamed, is 'severely disabled' By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Jul 7, 2014 3:40 PM CDT 21 comments Comments This March 11, 2014 file photo shows CIA Director John Brennan speaking in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) (Newser) – The CIA is owning up to involvement in a spying operation that threatens to rankle US-German relations yet again, two US officials tell Reuters. The CIA apparently recruited the German intelligence staffer who was caught last week, and CIA director John Brennan plans to tell key US congress members about the details. Two other new factoids from the Telegraph: The suspected spy is "severely disabled," and he allegedly used an encrypted communication program on his computer disguised as a weather app. Sources say he activated the program by opening the app and searching for New York's weather forecast.