11 July 2014, 13:22

Germany to minimize intelligence ties with US in wake of spy scandal

Germany to minimize intelligence ties with US in wake of spy scandal

The Federal Chancellery of Germany has instructed its Defense Ministry and intelligence services to minimize cooperation with their US partners, the Bild tabloid reported Friday.

The move comes against the backdrop of a major spy scandal.

Last week, a mid-level officer of Germany's BND intelligence agency was arrested in Berlin on suspicion of spying for the United States.

A few days later, another suspected US spy was exposed in the German Defense Ministry.

Berlin responded by ordering the CIA's top officer at the US embassy in Berlin to leave the country.

The German government's official spokesman, Steffen Seibert, confirmed the expulsion of the CIA station chief amid a breach of trust between the two allies.

He explained that the expulsion came against the backdrop of an ongoing investigation by federal prosecutors and deep concerns over the activities of US intelligence agencies in Germany.

"The government takes the matter very seriously,” Seibert said.

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