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Germany asks top US intelligence official to leave

Germany has asked the top US intelligence official at the Berlin embassy to leave the country. The move follows the recent discovery of 2 suspected US spies in Germany.

The German government announced the expulsion on Thursday.

The country's media report that the US diplomat belongs to the CIA and obtained secret information on the German government and parliament through espionage.

On July 3rd, a German intelligence worker was arrested on suspicion of passing internal documents from a parliamentary committee to US intelligence services.

The committee is looking into the issue of surveillance by the US National Security Agency.
Berlin says it also found a suspected US spy in the defense ministry.

Chancellor Angela Merkel held a news conference in Berlin on Thursday. She condemned the US, saying that spying on allies is a waste of energy.

It is extremely rare for Germany to expel a foreign diplomat. The step will further sour US-German ties that have already been strained by alleged US eavesdropping on Merkel's mobile phone.

Jul. 10, 2014 - Updated 20:40 UTC