Germany arrests American spy sent to spy on German investigation into US spying

By Paul Bradley Carr , written on July 4, 2014

From The News Desk

Well this is just plain hilarious.

German authorities have just arrested a man in Berlin on suspicion of spying on behalf of the US.

But that's not the funny part. The funny part is that he is accused of spying on... a committee into US spying in Germany.

According to the BBC:

German media say the man arrested this week is a 31-year-old employee of the federal service, the BND or Bundesnachrichtendienst. The German federal prosecutor's office confirmed the man's arrest, but gave no other details...

Der Spiegel news magazine said the man was believed to have passed secret documents to a US contact in exchange for money. However, one unnamed politician told Reuters news agency the suspect had offered his services to the US voluntarily. Yes, America apparently sent a spy to spy on a committee set up to investigate whether the US had sent spies to spy on Germany...

...and he got caught.

Said Der Spiegel's source: "He was not a top agent."

Well, yes.