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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Germans Assess Spying




BERLIN -- Germany's Defense Ministry said it was examining possible damage to national security after the arrest of two Germans who allegedly sold high-tech weapons secrets to Moscow.


Lawmakers, meanwhile, warned Russia it risked losing financial support from Germany unless it stopped its efforts at industrial espionage.


Prosecutors said last month they had arrested two men on spy charges: a salesman as he was about to board a plane from Hannover to Moscow with military files, and an engineer at his workplace near Munich.


On Monday, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, or DASA, confirmed the 52-year-old engineer, identified only as Peter S., worked at its guided missile systems subsidiary.


DASA spokesman Rainer Ohler said the company was cooperating with investigators to determine what information the engineer might have passed on to his alleged accomplice, identified as Michael K., to bring to Moscow.


But Ohler said the engineer worked only in the area of anti-tank missiles and not with the high-tech Eurofighter, a next-generation jet being built by Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain.