German president Koehler 'spied on' by Stasi

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27 November 2006, Berlin (dpa) - German President Horst Koehler was spied on by East Germany's Stasi secret police when he was an official at the West German finance ministry in the 1980s, reports said Sunday. A spokesman for the president's office told the newspaper Welt am Sonntag that the president was "observed" by Stasi agents during a visit to East Berlin in the early 1980s. The news magazine Der Spiegel quoted officials dealing with Stasi archives as saying the economics department of the East Germa

27 November 2006

Berlin (dpa) - German President Horst Koehler was spied on by East Germany's Stasi secret police when he was an official at the West German finance ministry in the 1980s, reports said Sunday.

A spokesman for the president's office told the newspaper Welt am Sonntag that the president was "observed" by Stasi agents during a visit to East Berlin in the early 1980s.

The news magazine Der Spiegel quoted officials dealing with Stasi archives as saying the economics department of the East German Ministry of State Security had set its agents on Koehler.

The president's spokesman called it an isolated incident and said that West German politicians were routinely observed by the Stasi when paying visits to East Germany.

Koehler went on to become head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) before being elected German president in May 2004.

The Stasi's foreign intelligence network was headed by master spy Markus Wolf, who died on November 9. Wolf, who directed around 4,000 agents over a career spanning 30 years, was buried in Berlin on Saturday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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