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Platzeck's Brandenburg chancellery infiltrated by Russian spies
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Platzeck's Brandenburg chancellery infiltrated by Russian spies

Published: 13 Mar 2010 13:09 GMT+01:00
Updated: 13 Mar 2010 13:09 GMT+01:00

Focus news magazine said on Saturday that despite the spies being uncovered, they were not prosecuted but simply moved to different jobs within the state authorities.

In two cases the spies even moved jobs within the state chancellery – still within immediate reach of Platzeck, the magazine said.

One of the suspects is a high-ranking governmental civil servant, who according to files in the Czech interior ministry, had close contact to the Cold War-era Prague secret service.

The German secret service bugged and watched him for five months, during which time he met with a Russian secret agent handler. He has been given different work within the Brandenburg state administration.

A further connection was made between the head of the special Russian section for infiltration of German security institutions, and a woman working at the Brandenburg state chancellery.

This emerged during what the magazine described as intensive bugging of the Russian embassy in Berlin. It is thought the woman may have been recruited by the Russian services while studying in Moscow. She has also been moved within the chancellery.

A third alleged spy in the Brandenburg capital Potsdam was recruited by the Moscow secret service during the Cold War, and given false papers before he was hired by the chancellery to organise trips for Platzeck to Moscow.

Platzeck has come under fire for leading a coalition of his own Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the socialist Left party, which includes many former members of the communist party and is considered untouchable by many mainstream parties.

Leading a state which was part of former East Germany, he has also called for reconciliation with those who ruled or supported the one-party state.

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18:30 March 13, 2010 by pepsionice
Not to get any German all hyper....but out of the top twenty-five cities in Germany....I would imagine that all of them have some Russian operative somewhere in the top layer.....who feeds into the Russian mafia or the Russian KGB. This naive nature that spies are non-existent.....will eventually come to an end.
06:53 March 14, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
Yeah. Spies exist. Good. Now, can we just put them up against the wall, shoot them, and get on with it? Seems to me like a lot of resources are being wasted dealing with something that's pretty straight-forward.
13:38 March 14, 2010 by mixxim
Reds` under the bed? But we have former iron curtain countries in the EU. Come to that half of germany....
15:26 March 14, 2010 by estonian
Dear Germans

what i could not understand is your great support to criminal russian government. With great respect to you i would like to ask- how is possible that after those 2 million rapes Russian military commited in Germany in 1945- you still support them IN NOT RIGHTEOUSNESS?

Your leaders support russia not considering that they have killed 1/4-1/5 of Chechnya's population during last 15 years, you support russian North Stream gas project which allows to bring their military into Baltic sea and supports them financially. Not speaking about pollution of Baltic Sea. You support them in occupation of Georgia- even your TV showed the same media clip as Moscow- Russian airplains bombing Georgian town Gori and it was told to people that it's Georgian military bombing their Tsihnvali town in S Ossetia region.

Do you have some sense of righteousness or are you ready to sell all ethical values for gas and petrol?
05:22 March 15, 2010 by Thames
Germany has always been a land with strong Red leanings.

Marx started in Germany.

Everyone remembers Germany's strong support of Franco but the Reds had many, many volunteers from Germany fighting in the Spanish Civil War.

The Communist Party was pretty strong in Germany and even declared a Soviet Republic in Bavaria, I believe. The DDR was also a Communist show state.
07:03 March 15, 2010 by TBurris
How likely is it that Russia is the only country spying in Germany?
11:52 March 15, 2010 by Frenemy
Iran probably has a stronger/wider espionage network in Germany than Russia...
15:29 March 15, 2010 by Henckel
@ Frenemy: That's unfortunately probably very true, considering Germany's trade relations with Iran. "The flag follows trade".
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