NATO Worker Accused of Espionage at U.S. Air Base

German police have arrested a 60-year-old NATO employee who worked at an American air base for allegedly copying classified NATO information and stealing "state secrets," a German prosecutor's office announced today.

The suspect, identified only as Manfred K., is accused of having copied classified data he accessed through his civilian position with NATO at Ramstein Air Base "with the intention of passing the obtained data on to unauthorized third parties," according to a translation of the German prosecutor's statement by Agence France Presse.

The statement did not give any more information about Manfred K., the level of intelligence to which he may have had access or his intended customer.

A NATO spokesperson confirmed the arrest but declined to provide any further details, citing an ongoing investigation.

Click here to return to The Blotter homepage.

Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard arrive at the premiere of Focus Features The Danish Girl at Westwood Village Theatre, Nov, 21, 2015 in Westwood, Calif.
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images
PHOTO: Fleet Week Hits New York
Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
PHOTO: Stanford University archaeologist Anne Austin found intricately designed tattoos on the body of a 3,000-year-old woman from Ancient Egypt.
Courtesy Anne Austin, Stanford University
PHOTO: Pearl Pinson.
Courtesy of Pearl Pinsons family