Intel Officer Plotting With ISIS To Blow Up Intel Headquarters Arrested In Germany
Germany has arrested an intelligence officer which infiltrated the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BvF) on behalf of ISIS after he was outed for leaking classified information to the terrorist group in a plot to blow up the office’s headquarters.
Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution is analogous to the United States NSA and Great Britian’s GHCQ.
The 51 year old spy was apparently outed after attempting to recruit other ISIS supporters to join his infiltration of the BvF using a fake name in an online account under which he also offered to leak classified information to help plan a bomb plot against Bvf headquaters.
The mole is believed to have converted to Islam in 2014 and pledged alliance online to Salafist Jihad leader Mohamed Mahmoud who is fighting in Syria along with ISIS.
Via Zero Hedge:
German Intelligence Officer “Arrested In Islamist Plot” To Blow Up Spy Headquarters
In the latest scandal set to rock Germany, Spiegel reports that a German intelligence officer has been arrested over a suspected Islamist plot to bomb the agency’s headquarters in Cologne, raising fears that the spy agency itself has been infiltrated. The 51-year-old official had made a “partial confession” to the plot, Spiegel reports.
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The suspect attempted to pass on “sensitive information about the BfV (Germany’s domestic security agency), which could lead to a threat to the office”, an official told the newspaper. The spy agency first became aware of the man’s activities about four weeks ago according to Der Spiegel.
A spokesman for the Bundesverfassungsschutz (BfV) declined to provide details on the man’s position at the agency or say when he joined. He also declined to comment on a report in Die Welt newspaper that the 51-year-old had planned to explode a bomb at the agency’s central office in Cologne.
“The man is accused of making Islamist remarks online under a false name, and offering internal information during chats,” the spokeswoman told AFP. The suspect has, since April, been engaged in gathering intelligence on the Islamist scene in Germany, according to Der Spiegel.
The alleged mole also offered to share sensitive data about the BfV which could have endangered the agency’s work, the spokesman said
The spokesman said the suspect had not previously attracted attention, adding: “The man behaved inconspicuously during his employment process, training and in his area of responsibility.”
Online chats were apparently found between the suspect and other Islamists in which he attempted to recruit them to the intelligence agency to mount an attack on “non-believers”.
The man’s family reportedly knew nothing of his conversion to Islam and subsequent radicalization.
German police have arrested several suspected Islamic State sympathisers in recent weeks, including a 20-year-old Syrian refugee who had tried to cross into Denmark with potential bomb-making materials. Two weeks ago, German police launched its biggest crackdown in Islamists in the nation with dawn raids in 60 different cities on about 190 mosques, flats and offices believed to have links to the Islamist missionary network ‘The True Religion.”
The BfV estimates there are about 40,000 Islamists in Germany, including 9,200 ultra-conservative Islamists known as Salafists, Hans-Georg Maassen, who leads the agency, told Reuters in an interview earlier this month. “We remain a target of Islamic terrorism and we have to assume that Islamic State or other terrorist organisations will carry out an attack in Germany if they can,” he said at the time.
ISIS claimed two attacks in late July – on a train near Wuerzburg and on a music festival in Ansbach – in which asylum-seekers wounded 20 people in total. In addition, security forces had to respond to an attack in a shopping centre in the city of Munich in which nine people were killed by an 18-year-old German-Iranian who had been in psychiatric treatment and was obsessed with mass killings.
Via Speigel (translated by Google):
Islamist crept in Constitutional Protection
Were the spies themselves spied? According to SPIEGEL information, an Islamic mole was flown in the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
According to the Federal Office of Public Prosecution (BfV), against the SPIEGEL, the constitutional protection “succeeded in exposing a supposed Islamist among his employees”. The 51-year-old German sits in U-Haft, the public prosecutor Düsseldorf determined.
The man has now filed a partial confession. According to him, his goal was to infiltrate the Federal Office and gather information for an explosive strike on the main building in the Cologne district of Chorweiler. It is therefore against him because of the suspicion of the preparation of a serious state-endangering violence.
In addition, the accused is said to have been Islamistically misrepresented on the Internet and misrepresented service secrets. He had tried to pass on “sensitive information about the BfV, which could lead to a threat to the office”, states in the constitution protection.
The man, a bank clerk and father was, as an outsider from until April 2016 Protection of the Constitution has been adjusted in order to observe the Islamist scene in Germany. According to the authorities, he was “inconspicuous” in the application process, during training and in his application.
At the same time, however, he obviously meticulously combined his secrecy. In his possession the investigators found storage media with corresponding information, for example, on assignments and deployments. This he revealed on the Internet under different alias accounts against a chat partner, as the Düsseldorf prosecutor informed the SPIEGEL.
In the chat, he is to be recognized as a BfV employee and have offered to invite like-minded to the Federal Office, in order to be able to attack the “unbelievers”. This is “safe in the sense of Allah.” What he did not know: his chat partner was himself a member of the constitutional protection. There are so far no indications that he could be open to other like-minded people.
According to SPIEGEL information even the family of the accused knew nothing of its conversion to Islam, which is to be done in 2014 by telephone. His oath of allegiance is said to have been made against the Salafist preacher and candidate Mohamed Mahmoud, a scene size from Berlin, which is now fighting for the “Islamic State” in Syria.
The threat of internal security through islamist activities has increasingly become the focus of constitutional protection in recent years. The Salafist scene is currently regarded as the most dynamic group of extremists in Germany. Lastly, the BfV counted some 9200 followers of this ultra-conservative current.