rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » News » IDENTIFIED: Germany's WikiLeaks mole

IDENTIFIED: Germany's WikiLeaks mole

Last updated on: December 3, 2010 18:32 IST

IDENTIFIED: Germany's WikiLeaks mole

     Next

Next
A top aide to German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has been identified as the person responsible for passing on information about government coalition talks to the United States embassy in the latest WikiLeaks disclosures.

A spokesman for Westerwelle's Free Democratic Party told mediapersons on Thursday that his personal assistant Helmut Metzner admitted having passed on confidential information on coalition negotiations to the Americans and he was removed from his office.

Click on NEXT to read further...

Image: Helmut Metzner, the personal assistant of Free Democratic Party, was removed from office after he admitted to giving out confidential information

     Next

Confidential contacts leaked to US embassy: Envoy

Prev     Next
Prev

Next
The existence of the informer was revealed by the first batch of classified diplomatic cables from US embassies around the world, released by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks on Monday.

In one of the dispatches, US ambassador Philip Murphy wrote on October 9, 2009 about a "young, up-and-coming party-goer" of the FDP, who provides the embassy with confidential information. Metzner was in charge of "international contacts" during the coalition negotiations preceding the formation the centre-right coalition government a year ago.

Image: Policemen stand guard at the US embassy in Berlin
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Prev     Next

No legal action against German 'mole'

Prev     Next
Prev

Next
The spokesman of the FDP said there is no ground for taking any legal action against Metzner, who was approached by the US embassy and he "acted in his own responsibility."

However, it is not clear how valuable was the information the FDP informer gave to American diplomats.

Image: German foreign minister and head of the FDP Guido Westerwelle says he does not believe that his PA leaked information
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Prev     Next

FDP defends Metzner, says media carried the info earlier

Prev     Next
Prev

Next
Murphy said in one of his cables to the US state department that he was informed in October last year about differences between German chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union and the FDP over dismantling the remaining American nuclear weapons in Germany.

The FDP argues that this information was already carried by the newspapers at that time. Westerwelle said on Monday that he did not believe in the revelations and he has full confidence in his staff. He also hoped that they will not have any consequence for US-German relations.

Image: Information taken from secret documents supplied by WikiLeaks was published in Der Spiegel
Photographs: Christian Charisius/Reuters
Prev     Next

WikiLeaks: Merkel is tenacious, Westerwelle anti-American

Prev     More
Prev

More
The German government is outraged by some of the top-secret diplomatic secret cables, which implied that the leaders of the centre right coalition are not fit for their job.

The chancellor, who is also the chairman of the CDU, is referred in the diplomatic correspondence with her nickname "Angela Teflon Merkel".

"When cornered, Merkel can be tenacious, but is risk averse and rarely creative," the diplomats wrote. In their perception, Westerwelle is a "wild card" with "exuberant personality", who has to learn a lot about his new office. He has "very little of his own ideas" to solve international problems. He is anti-American and a burden for US-German relations, the cables revealed.


Image: The secret documents crticise German chancellor Angela Merkel and Westerwelle
Photographs: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
Prev     More
© Copyright 2014 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.