CIA station chief leaves Germany

BERLIN: The CIA station chief in Germany left the country on Thursday after Berlin’s shock decision last week to demand his expulsion, the US and German governments said.“We are confirming that the individual who was asked to leave the country last week is no longer in Germany,” a US embassy spokesman said. A German foreign ministry spokesman also confirmed the news that the US spy chief had left. The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung cited German and US government sources as saying that the man took a commercial flight from the western city of Frankfurt bound for the United States. Germany last week ordered the CIA station chief out of the country amid the worst diplomatic row between the close NATO allies since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, which Berlin vocally opposed. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government made the dramatic announcement after two alleged German double agents working for the United States were unmasked.Federal prosecutors are investigating a defence ministry employee and an agent for the BND foreign intelligence agency on suspicion of supplying secrets to Washington. 

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