A Berlin policeman is under investigation for collecting and sending information to Turkey’s national intelligence agency, according to local media.
The informant, a senior police officer, reportedly relayed intelligence on Turkish opposition to an employee in the Turkish embassy; that employee is associated with Turkey’s intelligence service, MIT.
“If the suspicion of the transmission of sensitive data to the Turkish Embassy against one of our colleagues was confirmed, not only a breach of service was broken here, but a serious crime was committed,” said an offical police statement. “Such damage caused by an individual can not be reversed.”
Wenn sich der Verdacht der Übermittlung sensibler Daten an die türkische Botschaft gegen einen unserer Kollegen im Zuge der bereits laufenden Ermittlungen durch die #Staatsanwaltschaft und das #LKA bestätigen sollte, wurde hier nicht nur ein Diensteid gebrochen, ….
— Polizei Berlin (@polizeiberlin) September 26, 2018
Local officials do not wish to comment further, but the confirmed investigation now taking place involves analyzing the policeman’s correspondence with the embassy official.
Correspondingly, this news comes days after a spokesman for Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, confirmed Turkey was running intelligence “operations” on US soil targeting political opponents of the Turkish leader.
Also, back in May, Erdogan held an election rally in Europe encouraging local Turks to take control of European Parliaments.
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