Germany asked a U.S. intelligence official based at the American embassy to leave the country over allegations of Americans spying on Germany, officials announced on Wednesday. According to Reuters, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that "the request was made in light of the ongoing investigation by the chief federal prosecutor and questions that have been raised for months about the activities of U.S. intelligence services in Germany."
Over the past week or so, German prosecutors have investigated what are apparently two separate cases of suspected American spying on German government activities. Last week, as the Guardian reported quoting German media, an employee of Germany's intelligence agency confessed to passing along hundreds of confidential files to a CIA contact. And days ago, reports emerged that German officials were investigating a German Defense employee who allegedly established contact with individuals believed to be working for U.S. intelligence services. As the New York Times makes clear, German prosecutors suspect that both alleged spies were recruited by U.S. intelligence officials. Police arrested the German intelligence official who confessed last week; there's no arrest yet in the second alleged spy case.