German law enforcement has arrested an agent of Berlin’s foreign intelligence service on suspicion of passing state secrets to Russia, German newspaper Welt reported on Dec. 22.
According to the report, more German intelligence officers could also have been working for Moscow. The suspect, identified only as Carsten L., is expected to be charged with treason.
“In 2022, he shared information with Russian intelligence that was received in the course of his work,” the German prosecutor’s office said.
“The content is considered a state secret.”
The head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service Bruno Kahl said the agency had launched its own internal investigation – once it became aware of possible traitors in its ranks. He refused to elaborate on the details of the investigation, as this information could be useful to Russia.
“In the case of Russia, we are dealing with a subject whose unscrupulousness and readiness for violence must be reckoned with,” said Kahl.
“Every detail of this process, which becomes public, gives the enemy an advantage in his intention to harm Germany.”
According to Welt, other agents of the intelligence service may have worked for the Russian special services, but so far there have been no other arrests made.