The employee at Germany's foreign intelligence service (BND), known only as Carsten L, in line with Germany's privacy laws, oversaw a department monitoring overseas telephone and internet communications. Prosecutors believe Carsten L shared intelligence about the war in Ukraine and the Wagner mercenary group and received roughly $430,000 (EUR 400,000), according to German reports.
Another German man, who is suspected of having acted as a courier, has also been charged. A German businessman born in Russia, Arthur E is accused of travelling to Moscow and handing intelligence to Russia's domestic spy agency, the FSB. German reports said Arthur E was a diamond trader.
The two men had apparently first met at a private party at a football club in Bavaria in 2021 and that Carsten L had told him about his work at the BND.
Both men could face life sentences.
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