5 Jul 2014

German accused of being US spy

7:23 pm on 5 July 2014

An employee of Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the United States.

The man, who is German, is said to have admitted passing to an American contact details about a special German parliamentary committee set up to investigate the spying revelations made by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Reuters reports.

Ties with Washington were damaged by revelations last year of mass surveillance of German citizens by the US National Security Agency, including the monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.