Germany Busts Man Accused of Spying for US: Reports

Allegedly revealed information on surveillance probe
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2014 9:55 AM CDT
Germany Busts Man Accused of Spying for US: Reports
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany has arrested a German intelligence worker who's suspected of spying on behalf of the US, German politicians tell Reuters. The 31-year-old man has admitted revealing sensitive material to an American, according to the politicians; the information allegedly dealt with a committee investigating Edward Snowden's surveillance claims. One of the politicians says the man "had no direct contact with the investigative committee" and "was not a top agent."

German newspaper Bild says the man was a double agent for two years and stole 218 secret documents, selling three of them for $34,100, Reuters notes. According to a German daily, he was arrested for spying for Russia; afterward, he said US officials had sought information from him and he had provided material at least once, the New York Times notes. An official statement didn't identify the country for which the man is accused of spying. (More Germany stories.)

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