German Man Suspected Spy

BERLIN -- A German man who purportedly passed documents on products with a possible military use to a Russian intelligence agent has been charged with espionage, German prosecutors said Friday.

The 44-year-old man, identified only as Werner G., handed over the information to "an employee of a Russian secret service" between May 2004 and December 2006, federal prosecutors said in a statement. They said he received payments for the information.

The German handed over documents on "highly developed technical products that can be used predominantly for civilian purposes but also for military purposes," prosecutors said. They did not elaborate.

The man was charged with activity as a foreign agent. Federal prosecutors said they filed the charges in a Munich court March 3, and that the defendant has admitted to the charges against him.