Germany kicks out top US spy over espionage claims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is also Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU), speaks to the media at CDU headquarters following the severe CDU Hamburg election defeat the day before on February 21, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup, Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is also Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU), speaks to the media at CDU headquarters following the severe CDU Hamburg election defeat the day before on February 21, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup, Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/10 3:50 pm

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is demanding that Washington's top spy in Berlin leave the country. The demand comes amid a new round of allegations of U.S. espionage.

The move to expel the CIA station chief also appears to reflect German impatience with what it sees as a pattern of American disrespect and interference.

U.S. officials say Germany's action is extraordinary. While agents have sometimes been expelled -- usually by unfriendly countries -- a former U.S. official says he can't remember an instance since the end of the Cold War when the ranking intelligence official was asked to leave a country.

Germany refused to identify the CIA station chief by name.

Two new cases of alleged U.S. spying have inflamed an uproar that came last year when it was learned that the U.S. was intercepting Internet traffic in Germany and eavesdropping on the cellphone calls of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

A German government spokesman, in announcing the expulsion, said Germany "takes the matter very seriously."


 

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