Former East German agent working in finance ministry

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An employee of Germany's finance ministry was formerly an informant for the East German secret service, the German government has admitted.

Berlin-- The German government has admitted that a senior employee in the finance ministry formerly worked as a spy for the East German government.

The employee involved has not been named but the finance ministry confirmed to the Spiegel online website that the man, codenamed "Konrad", did exist.

At the time of the fall of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1989 the  East German government employed over 1,500 'unofficial collaborators' in West Germany. Their job was to seek positions of influence and pass information back to the east.

Since German reunification there have been efforts to unmask former agents of the GDR's infamous secret police, the Stasi. The organisation was well known for the brutal effectiveness of its agents, at one time succeeding in  placing  an informant as an aide to former German chancellor Willy Brandt.

Christoph Weitz of Germany's Free Democrat party (FDP) told the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper, "We've been asking for some time now about former unofficial collaborators in the government. It cannot be allowed that unofficial collaborators still hold influential positions within government." Expatica/Frankfurter Rundschau

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