09 августа 2014 12:54

Berlin asks embassies to name secret service agents in Germany: report

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 Berlin has asked all foreign diplomatic missions to provide names of secret service agents working in Germany, news weekly Der Spiegel reported on Friday, amid a rift with Washington over allegations of US spying, AFP reports.


 Berlin has asked all foreign diplomatic missions to provide names of secret service agents working in Germany, news weekly Der Spiegel reported on Friday, amid a rift with Washington over allegations of US spying, AFP reports.

Contacted by AFP, the German foreign ministry did not refute the report which said that a note has been sent to embassies asking them for "lists of names of all active agents".

The move came about a month after Germany ordered the Berlin CIA station chief to leave the country in an unprecedented show of anger after uncovering two cases of suspected US spying, hot on the heels of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA).

The Spiegel report said the circular to embassies was sparked by Berlin's frustration over Washington's repeated denials that its agents were operating in Germany.

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