Arrested agent’s lawyer: ‘He’s not much of a spy’

The lawyer of a suspected double agent has said that his client, who reportedly sold documents to the Americans while working for German intelligence, did not strike him as being much of a spy.

The 31-year-old from the Munich area was arrested last week near the Bavarian capital, suspected of selling files to the CIA.

His lawyer Klaus Schroth told broadcaster SWRinfo on Monday his client was cooperating with authorities.

He said he first met the man who worked for Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the BND, which is based south of Munich in Pullach, in Karlsruhe at the Attorney General’s office.

The lawyer from Karlsruhe refused to go into any details about the allegations. “He still needs questioning, but there are things in the media which are true,” Schroth said.

The man reportedly sold 218 documents over two years for €25,000 to US secret services. But his lawyer said: “I have worked on lots of espionage cases but my client doesn’t give me the impression that he is a professional spy.”

On Monday night the US Embassy in Berlin said: “The United States is aware of the detention of a German citizen at the end of last week. We are aware also of published claims that he had been working with US intelligence.

“As a matter of policy, we do not discuss the details of pending law enforcement matters or allegations of intelligence activity.

“We are working with the German Government to ensure this issue is resolved appropriately.”

Past cases taken on by Schroth include that of a TV weatherman accused of rape who was acquitted.

Published: 08 Jul 2014 10:12 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Jul 2014 10:12 GMT+02:00

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