German charged with espionage after Russia gains secrets

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A 44-year-old German is indicted for espionage after allegedly selling technological secrets to Russia, federal prosecutors in Karlsruhe say.

11th April 2008

Karlsruhe - He had admitted to police that between 2004 and 2006 he had met Russian intelligence agents and sold documents describing sophisticated technical products that mostly have a civilian purpose but are also militarily useful.

The man, a German national living in Bavaria state, faces trial in Munich, said a statement from Karlsruhe, Germany's justice capital.

He said he had met the agents in Germany or in nearby places abroad, arranging the meetings through webmail accounts, which can be set up anonymously on the internet, a common technique among agents.


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