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US: Cooperation with Germany Important Despite Spying Fallout

FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel listen during the G7 Summit working dinner in Brussels.
FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel listen during the G7 Summit working dinner in Brussels.
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The White House said on Thursday it was essential that the United States and Germany continue to cooperate after Germany took the unusual step of expelling the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin, a highly unusual rebuke to one of its closest allies in the midst of allegations that Washington hired German operatives to sell it secret documents.

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said the unnamed spy "has been told to leave Germany" adding that  it was crucial for Germany "to work closely on a basis of trust with Western partners, in particular with the USA."

"We have seen these reports and have no comment on a purported intelligence matter," White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. "However, our security and intelligence relationship with Germany is a very important one and it keeps Germans and Americans safe."  She added that  "It is essential that cooperation continue in all areas and we will continue to be in touch with the German government in appropriate channels."

In Washington, the White House said it had no comment on the expulsion of the intelligence official.  

But spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said "our security and intelligence relationship with Germany is a very important one and it keeps Germans and Americans safe."  She added that the United States would be in contact with the German government "in appropriate channels."

Spying investigation
 

FILE - General view of an empty office at the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND).FILE - General view of an empty office at the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND).
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FILE - General view of an empty office at the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND).
FILE - General view of an empty office at the German Federal Intelligence Agency (BND).

Germany is investigating the activities of two Germans who have allegedly spied for the United States, activities U.S. officials have declined to publicly discuss.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, angered months ago with the revelation that the clandestine U.S. National Security Agency had eavesdropped on her cell phone, said that if the current reports of U.S. spying on her government prove to be true, it is "a waste of energy."

"If what is currently discussed corresponds to the facts, and a lot is still being investigated by the federal prosecutor-general, then I simply want to say that looking at it with common sense, in my view, spying on allies is a waste of energy in the end.  We have so many problems, and I think we should concentrate on the essentials," Merkel said.

The Germans are investigating an intelligence worker, 31, suspected of selling more than 200 documents to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency for $34,000.  He was first pinpointed by German security officials as he sought to sell documents to Russia, but then told investigators he was a double agent for the United States.

In the second case, a German military employee is suspected of passing secrets to the United States.  German media reported investigators searched his Berlin-area home Wednesday.

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by: Goldingen from: Mittawa
July 11, 2014 10:03 AM
Re:9/11
Such failures of the special forces happened not only in the USA.
Armed theatregoers from the south of Russia once covered the whole country in a bus to disrupt the performance in a Moscow Theatre.
The world had not been prepared to fight a full scale war against terrorism.


by: Thomas
July 11, 2014 4:04 AM
Maybe the Germans also should spy on the U.S. -- there would be an OUTRAGE in the U.S. if Germany would do so. But the U.S. thinks they has the right to do so? Arrogant behavior - another reason, why the reputation of the U.S. is so bad around the globe - but nobody in the U.S. wants to hear this.

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by: Mark
July 11, 2014 8:40 AM
If the U.S. really is the spy "superpower", so why 9/11 could have happen or why the U.S. intelligent agencies failed with Iraq and the so-called "WMDs"? The today's leading spy power is China!

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by: Goldingen from: Mittawa
July 11, 2014 6:48 AM
Free space in the United States for the spies from Germany is long gone. All vacancies for foreign spies are filled with spooks from the known spyware superpower.


by: Goldingen from: Mittawa
July 10, 2014 12:55 PM
I wonder what secrets Mrs. Merkel hides from her US friends and from whom she repeatedly gets the info about american spies?

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by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 11, 2014 2:46 AM
Yep, at least you aren't fooled by this 'smoke-screen!'

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