Germany rounds up spies
19 February 2004
KARLSRUHE – More than fourteen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, German authorities are still rounding spies from the Cold War.
This week the German public prosecutors in Karlsruhe announced the arrest of a Swedish national wanted for 10 years on espionage charges.
The man, identified as Sandor K., was arrested at Frankfurt airport on Monday on an arrest warrant issued on a charge of “accessory to treason” by a supreme court judge in July 1994.
Hungarian-born Sandor K. is suspected of having acted as a courier for Clyde Lee Conrad, a US army sergeant, who was given a life sentence by a court in Koblenz in June 1990.
Conrad, who served in the US army in Germany between 1965 and 1985, was convicted of treason for passing US military secrets to the intelligence services of then Warsaw Pact countries Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
Sandor K., who left Hungary for Sweden in 1956, is suspected of working for the Hungarian intelligence service between 1967 and the end of 1986, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors office said.
Also this week Germany’s public prosecutors office said it had charged a long-time Federal Intelligence Agency (BND) employee with spying for an eastern European country.
The 64-year-old employee, named only as Ingo Sch., has been charged at Munich high court with passing information to an eastern European intelligence service between July 2002 and September 2003.
The prosecutors office said the man was arrested last October and was held in custody until December 9 when he was granted bail. He is said to have admitted the charge.
According to prosecutors, the employee was an eastern European specialist at the BND who regularly met eastern and southeastern European agents in Germany until being assigned different duties in late 2001.
However he continued to retain contacts with a woman working for an eastern European intelligence service without permission. The two met regularly in Munich during which the employee passed on secret intelligence information, the prosecutors office said.
Although no country has been named, intelligence service sources have been quoted in the past as citing the Bulgarian intelligence service as the agency in question.