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Germany's Merkel informed of espionage arrest; suspect reportedly accused of spying for US
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, July 4, 2014 6:54 AM EDT
Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman says she has been informed of the arrest of a German man who, according to media reports, is an intelligence service employee accused of spying for the U.S.
Der Spiegel magazine and the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Friday, without naming sources, that the man worked for the Federal Intelligence Service and is accused of spying for the U.S.
Alleged National Security Agency surveillance, including of Merkel's cellphone, has troubled relations.
Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said the chancellor was informed of the case Thursday but wouldn't comment on the country involved. Merkel spoke with President Barack Obama late Thursday.