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American spies, double agents and
the diplomacy of intelligence gathering

Telegraph [UK], by Tom Rogan

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 7/6/2014 2:47:52 PM

For an intelligence service, losing an agent is the second worst thing that can happen. The worst thing, of course, is losing one of your own officers. In that context, for America, the news from Germany is far from ideal. On Friday, we learnt that the German government has apparently arrested one of its intelligence officers for spying for the United States. The suspect, a 31-year-old employee of the BND (Germany´s rough equivalent to the UK-SIS or US-CIA), has apparently confessed. Uncomfortably for Obama, the German press is reporting that the accused may have provided information on a parliamentary inquiry examining

      


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American spies, double agents and
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Telegraph [UK], by Tom Rogan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/6/2014 2:47:52 PM     Post Reply
For an intelligence service, losing an agent is the second worst thing that can happen. The worst thing, of course, is losing one of your own officers. In that context, for America, the news from Germany is far from ideal. On Friday, we learnt that the German government has apparently arrested one of its intelligence officers for spying for the United States. The suspect, a 31-year-old employee of the BND (Germany´s rough equivalent to the UK-SIS or US-CIA), has apparently confessed. Uncomfortably for Obama, the German press is reporting that the accused may have provided information on a parliamentary inquiry examining

   

 

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