The Ministry of the Economy ppad the pedal of the counter-distributor as soon as it caught the transmission. Information about this was obtained by the economic think tank Handelsblatt from the security circle. The weekly newspaper Die Zeit was the first to write about it.
The Federal Ministry of the Economy does not comment on the fall. We will always deal with very safety-relevant indications in close coordination with the Federal Agency for Asset Protection (BfV) and immediately take the necessary steps in coordination with the Agency for Asset Protection, the ministry’s press release quotes.
According to the newspaper Die Zeit, the editors became suspicious of the fact that, in opposition to gas and energy policy, they took a strikingly pro-Russian stance. In matters such as the issuance of licenses for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the intervention of Gazprom Germania and the rescue of Uniper, they regularly insisted on an oversight that broke with the government.
According to German authorities, BfV agents read the CVs of the suspects and found biographical details, in one case, for example, a study stay in Russia. In this way, the reporters investigated suspicious travelers and checked whether their flights had service reasons or not. The intelligence service has thus made private inquiries and personal relations with the Russians. Unequivocal evidence that it is a pion, however, has not yet been found.
Vice-Chairman of the Secret Service Committee in the Bundestag, Roderich Kiesewetter, still warned against pioneering attempts in other ministries as well. “It’s just the tip of the iceberg, it probably affects other ministries and institutions as well,” said a politician from the Kesansko-Demokratick Unie (CDU) to Handelsblatt. It can thus be assumed that Russia, with its hybrid way of negotiating and deployment of intelligence resources, was very successful in Germany, Kiesewetter added.