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Germany calls in U.S. ambassador over new spying allegation

By Ben Brumfield, CNN
updated 6:12 PM EDT, Wed July 9, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • German prosecutors arrested a German citizen on allegations of spying for a foreign country
  • Its foreign office asked the U.S. ambassador to help them quickly solve the case
  • The suspect stole government documents and sold them to U.S. agents, according to reports

(CNN) -- German prosecutors ordered the arrest this week of a German citizen on suspicion of spying for foreign intelligence agencies.

A day later, on Friday, the German foreign office called in the U.S. ambassador to discuss it.

Foreign Secretary Stephan Steinlein "requested the U.S. ambassador participate in a rapid solving" of the spying case, Germany's foreign office said in a statement.

Both the German prosecutor and the foreign office released scarce information, but officials have spoken in detail with German journalists, who published many reports on the allegations of renewed U.S. spying on the country.

The reports re-inflamed public anger at the U.S. government.

The suspect, a German intelligence employee, allegedly stole government documents, according to German media reports.

These included papers taken from the German parliament's special committee to address the National Security Agency spying. The employee allegedly sold them to U.S. intelligence representatives for thousands of dollars, according to multiple reports.

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