Syria - Berlin embassy runs spy network
16 February 2012, 08:20
Berlin - Syria is operating a spy network from its embassy in Berlin
that keeps informers under control through blackmail, the top domestic
intelligence official of the city-state of Berlin said on Wednesday.
Schmid, head of Berlin's spy agency, made the remarks during a briefing
of the city legislature a week after German authorities expelled four
Syrian diplomats. Her remarks confirmed suspicions that the four were
expelled for spying on Syrian exiles.
Schmid did not specify
whether the expulsions and arrests had closed down the spy ring, but she
said Syrian intelligence agents at the embassy actively recruited
informers among the exiles.
She said embassy officials blackmailed informers, who have family members back in Syria.
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