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Report: Germany Expels 3 CIA Agents

September 29, 1999

MUNICH, Germany (AP) _ Public television reported Tuesday that three CIA spies had been uncovered in Munich and forced to leave the country.

The German government promised Washington it would keep the affair quiet, even agreeing not to officially expel the three, but allowing them to be ordered home by the U.S. government, ZDF public television said in a news release about its report, which is to air Wednesday night.

The U.S. Embassy in Berlin declined to comment on the report. Domestic intelligence officials in Munich also refused to comment. In Washington, CIA officials could not be reached, and a State Department official said he had heard nothing about it.

ZDF did not say what the three were allegedly working on in Germany.

This was the second time that a CIA agent had been uncovered and expelled from postwar Germany, the report said.

In March 1997, the German Economics Ministry confirmed that a U.S. diplomat tried to recruit one of its department chiefs to spy for Washington. Media reports at the time said the Americans were chiefly interested in getting a list of German companies that delivered high-technology supplies to Iran.

A newsmagazine, Der Spiegel, estimated then that 100 U.S. intelligence agents were operating undercover in Germany.

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