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German ministers urge swift answers to US double-agent reports

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere attends a press conference for the presentation of the annual report on the Protection of the Constitution 2013 in Berlin, on June 18, 2014German ministers on Sunday called for a swift response from the US to allegations of spying by a suspected double agent, which have raised fears of fresh tensions between the two allies. “I expect now for everyone to assist in the speedy clarification of the accusations, and quick and clear statements, also by the US,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told Bild newspaper in comments released ahead of Monday’s edition. Hot on the heels of revelations last year that the NSA allegedly tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile, the latest reports of US spying by a German foreign intelligence service employee have sparked anger among some politicians. Germany’s federal prosecutor general confirmed last week that a man had been arrested Wednesday on suspicion of acting for a foreign intelligence service, but did not specify which one.

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