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World accused is said to have spied for Egypt: ex-employee of the Federal Press Office wants to make a confession

20:20  23 february  2021
20:20  23 february  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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An espionage trial began in Berlin on Tuesday. A former employee of the Federal Press Office is said to have worked for the Egyptian secret service.

Der ehemaliger Angestellter des Bundespresseamtes soll Spion für den ägyptischen Auslandsgeheimdienst (GIS) tätig gewesen sein. © Photo: Fabian Sommer / dpa The former employee of the Federal Press Office is said to have been a spy for the Egyptian foreign intelligence service (GIS).

A former employee of the Federal Press Office who is said to have spied for an Egyptian secret service for years wants to testify before the Berlin Court of Justice.

The defense attorney announced at the beginning of the trial on Tuesday that the 66-year-old would probably make a confessional statement on the second day of the trial on Wednesday. The man is charged with being an agent of the secret service.

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According to the Federal Prosecutor's Office, the alleged spy - a German citizen of Egyptian origin - has been working for the visitor service of the Federal Government's Press and Information Office since 1999.

is said to have supported employees of the Egyptian intelligence service General Intelligence Service (GIS) in obtaining information since July 2010 at the latest. According to the investigators' findings, the man had no access to secret government information.

The accused is said to have provided, among other things, a general media observation on German domestic and foreign policy and on news related to Egypt for various GIS employees working at the Egyptian embassy.

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He is also said to have tried unsuccessfully to get one in the language service of the German Bundestag working translators as a source. However, the man had "become suspicious of the arranged meetings with members of the Egyptian embassy and refused further meetings."

The suspected ex-employee of the Federal Press Office is said to have maintained constant contact in the last three years of his activity with a man accredited as Counselor at the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Berlin, who is said to have been a GIS employee. The communication was partly conducted in a conspiratorial manner.

An investigator was the first witness to say that financial donations from the area of ​​the Egyptian embassy had not been found in the case of the defendant. According to the Federal Prosecutor's office, today's pensioner is said to have promised preferential treatment for himself and his family members from the Egyptian authorities. (dpa)

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