What’s striking about Germany’s decision to expel the CIA Station Chief from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin is that it was publicly announced; typically, whenever a country requests that a diplomat, attache’ or military liaison leave, its’ done privately, out of the public view. This was done publicly, which is yet another reminder of how far the U.S. has fallen in the world’s view.
Germany has taken the unusual step of asking the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country, following two reported cases of suspected US spying.Thursday’s move reflects growing impatience in Germany at what is perceived as US nonchalance about being caught spying on a close ally, amid a yearlong row over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency.
“The representative of the US intelligence services at the United States embassy has been asked to leave Germany,” Steffen Seibert, a German government spokesman, said in a statement. “The request occurred against the backdrop of the ongoing investigation by federal prosecutors as well as the questions that were posed months ago about the activities of US intelligence agencies in Germany. “The government takes the matter very seriously.” Seibert said Germany continues to seek “close and trusting” cooperation with its Western partners, “especially the United States”.
Shortly before the decision…
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