Two Men in Germany Charged with Espionage

The world of espionage continues to turn in Europe, where two men have just been indicted in Berlin for espionage. They allegedly shared classified German government documents with criminal contacts and foreign intelligence in Macedonia and Kosovo.

42-year-old German Anton Robert K. worked for the German diplomatic mission in Kosovo’s capital, and while there, funneled confidential information to 28-year-old Macedonian Murat A., who allegedly has ties to both organized crime and foreign intelligence organizations.

The German government has not shared the full names of the accused men, but we do know that they were arrested in Stuttgart earlier this month. Anton is up for a possible 10 years in prison – he’s been charged with betrayal of state secrets, and Murat can look forward to half the jail time if he is convicted of receiving state secrets.

Kosovo's Capital, PristinaMurat was Anton’s translator in 2007 and 2008, when the latter worked in the German mission. It is unclear from the statement issued by the German prosecutors’ office whether payment was involved nor do we have any information on which countries’ intelligence agencies received the information passed along to Murat.

The case is still under investigation by German federal police.

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