More potential damage to U.S.-German relations.
BERLIN – Police on Wednesday searched the Berlin-area office and apartment of a second man suspected of being a spy, the federal prosecutor’s office said, deepening the espionage scandal that has damaged relations between Washington and Berlin.
No one has been arrested and the investigation is continuing, the prosecutor’s office said.
The statement did not specify that the suspect had been spying for the United States. But a joint investigative reporting unit of the German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and two public broadcasters cited informed sources as saying that the suspect worked in the “military field” and had spied for Washington.
Lt. Col. Uwe Roth, a spokesman for the German Defense Ministry, confirmed that federal prosecutors were carrying out an investigation involving his ministry, but declined to give further details.
If a second German is found to have been spying for the Americans, it would deepen the trans-Atlantic quarrel that erupted over an employee of the German foreign intelligence service who is said to have been run by the CIA after volunteering information two years ago. That case, revealed last week, deepened the mistrust that has clouded relations between Washington and Berlin after revelations of U.S. intelligence activities in Germany, including eavesdropping on a cellphone used by Chancellor Angela Merkel.