Germany asks top U.S. intelligence official to leave over spy probe

Germany announced on Thursday that the government has requested that the CIA station chief leave the country as they continue to angrily deal with the latest spying accusations against the United States.

"The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the Embassy of the United States has been request to leave Germany," Steffen Seibert, spokesman, said in a statement. "The request was made against the backdrop of the ongoing investigations."

According to The Washington Post, Germany continues to investigate the lower-level intelligence officer who is accused of selling state secrets to a foreign power.

On Wednesday police began searching both the office and apartment of the accused spy, who many believe was selling secrets to the CIA.

Seibert's statement also noted that Germany wants to be able to continue to trust "western partners," but "mutual trust and openness are necessary."

Media reports have said that the German intelligence officer worked for Bundesnachrichtendiesnt (BND) and allegedly sold 218 documents relating to a parliamentary probe into the NSA for $34,000.

The latest spying flap comes as tempers continued to simmer over the NSA data collection program and the alleged hacking of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone.

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