Germany arrests suspected double agent accused of spying for China


German authorities arrested a former undercover agent for Germany’s secret carrier on suspicions that he carried out “intelligence agent sports” for China, the federal prosecutor’s office stated Tuesday.

According to a press launch from the prosecutor’s workplace, the person — named only as Klaus L. — allegedly supplied the Chinese secret carrier with information for nearly a decade, starting in 2010.

At the same time, but, he was an informant for the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND). German public broadcaster ARD stated that the person, now seventy five, furnished the BND with records for 50 years, leading a “double existence.”

Publicly, he was a political scientist, working for the Hanns Seidel Foundation — a political studies foundation carefully associated with the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister celebration of Angela Merkel’s conservatives — from the Eighties till retirement. He has additionally run a suppose tank on account that 2001.

The suspect become arrested on Monday, on the premise of fees filed in May, the prosecutor’s workplace said.

As part of his work, he traveled overseas frequently, for instance for guest lectures, across “the previous Soviet Union and later Russia, the Balkans, South Africa and South Asia,” ARD mentioned, adding that the BND would be involved in conferences his think tank held with overseas visitors. The Hanns Seidel Foundation told the broadcaster it had been unaware of the man’s BND sports.

In 2010, consistent with the prosecutor’s workplace, he traveled to Shanghai for a lecture and changed into approached “by way of participants of a Chinese intelligence carrier so that you can win him over for cooperation.”

“Subsequently, till November 2019, the defendant regularly supplied facts to the Chinese intelligence service in the run-as much as or after nation visits or multinational meetings, as well as on contemporary affairs,” the prosecutor’s workplace’s declaration continued. The Hanns Seidel Foundation told the broadcaster it had been unaware of the man’s BND sports.

According to ARD, the suspect — whose domestic become searched in November 2019 — did not deny that he had spied for China, however insisted that he had instructed the BND approximately his contacts to the Chinese, at least initially.