German ‘Russia spy’ had access to sensitive info: reports

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Source: PIxabay

A German officer arrested for allegedly spying for Russia had access to highly sensitive information in his work at the procurement unit of the military, local media reported Friday.

According to Spiegel Online and Zeit newspaper, the man, named by prosecutors as Thomas H., was working in a department that counted among its tasks the procurement of highly modern systems for electronic warfare.

These include technology for the surveillance and disruption of opponents’ radio systems and the shutting down of enemy radio or airshield systems.

The department also handles modern weapons used by elite commandos.

Citing unnamed security sources, Spiegel said the suspect had “extensive access” to the military’s electronic capabilities.

Prosecutors, who announced the suspect’s arrest on Wednesday, said the man approached the Russian embassy in Berlin and its consulate in Bonn to offer his help in May 2023.

The arrest came after the domestic security agency BfV in June warned against the risk of an “aggressive Russian espionage operation” as Moscow wages its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.


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