Islamic Mole in German Intel Agency a ‘Recent Hire’

BERLIN (AP) -
Members of the German police block a street in Varl, Germany, Tuesday. Police in northwestern Germany say they’re investigating a tip received from a member of the public that a suspect wanted in the Paris attacks may be hiding out in a rural area near Hannover. (Tyler Larkin/dpa via AP)
Members of the German police block a street in Varl, Germany. (Tyler Larkin/dpa via AP)

Germany’s domestic intelligence service says an employee suspected of trying to pass along sensitive material to Islamic terrorists had only been working for the agency for a short time.

The agency, known as the BfV, told The Associated Press that the 51-year-old German man started “not long ago” and had “been inconspicuous during the application process, training and at work.”

The agency wouldn’t provide further details, but Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine reported Wednesday that the former banker joined the agency in April and was tasked to watch Islamic terrorists himself.

The magazine reported that he attempted to provide information in an extremist online forum, where he communicated with a person who turned out to be a BfV agent himself and caught him.

Spiegel reports the man was a recent convert to Islam.