German spy jailed for giving secrets to gay lover

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A German court on Wednesday jailed a former agent for two years and three months for passing state secrets on to his gay partner while gathering intelligence in Kosovo.

Anton Robert K., 43, was found guilty of revealing to Murat A., 29, whom he had hired as an interpreter, the names of other agents between 2005 and 2008 and a report by an employee of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS).

He was also convicted of fraud for illegally claiming expenses, as was Murat A., a Macedonian, who was given a suspended jail sentence of 14 months by the court in Munich, southern Germany.

Press reports said the German intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), was alerted to the relationship by the agent's wife finding out her husband had replaced her name with the interpreter's on his life insurance policy.

© 2010 AFP

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