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Germany asks top U.S. spy to leave the country

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 10, 2014 at 9:40 a.m.

BERLIN — Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, after two suspected cases of American spying and the year-long spat over eavesdropping by the National Security Agency.

The move reflects growing impatience in Germany at what is perceived as U.S. nonchalance about being caught spying on a close ally.

"The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the United States embassy has been asked to leave Germany," government spokesman Steffen Seibert 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 U.S. intelligence agencies in Germany," he added. "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."

The U.S. government declined to comment directly on the decision. But White House spokesman Caitlin Hayden said the security and intelligence relationship with Germany was very important to the United States.

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Capitalist12 says... July 10, 2014 at 3:42 p.m.

The NSA spies on its allies and citizens, yet our enemies like China and Russia should be the real target. Communist Chinese have hacked into the database that houses all federal employees personal information, including secret clearances. Yet we have the NSA spying on the personal cell phone of the German Chancellor Merkel. Would we in the US not be outraged if Germany were doing the same to President Obama? Now we have been caught again spying on our ally Germany. This president has condoned this spying, and liberal s everwhere are fine with this spying on us and our allies; after all, they cannot criticize him since he is black. The Republican hawks are fine with this since they view all spying as wonderful since we may catch some Muslim terrorist somewhere.
This one criticism of Obama has proven true: He will be hard on our allies and easy on our enemies. How sad but true.

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