Here’s what caught our eye in the world of intelligence this week:
Germany is charging one of its own foreign intelligence officers with treason for sharing secret files with CIA and Russian agents. The German, identified only as Markus R., allegedly passed information to CIA from 2008 up until his arrest in July of last year. He is also suspected of sending emails that contained secret information to the Russian consulate in Munich.
Along with treason, the former BND agent will be charged with taking bribes. It is believed he received more that $100,000 in compensation from the CIA.
Hamas claimed they caught a dolphin off Gaza that was being used for Israeli surveillance purposes. The claim the animal was equipped with spy cameras had been “stripped of its will” and turned into a “murderer.” A Palestinian newspaper says the use of the dolphin spy shows the extent of Israel’s anger at the formation of Hamas’s naval combat unit.
Israel has also been accused of using animals such as sharks and vultures as spies. No pictures of the dolphin were provided by Hamas.
The Department of Justice announced it will be fining the U.S. Investigation Services (USIS) $30 million for violating the US False Claims Act. The DoJ believes the USIS failed to properly screen federal security clearance applicants and in some cases, store submitted incomplete applications to the OPM.
Benjamin Mizer, the head of the DoJ’s civil division said: “Shortcuts taken by any company that we have entrusted to conduct background investigations of future and current federal employees are unacceptable.” The USIS checked Aaron Alexis, the former contractor who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013, and most notably Edward Snowden.
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