German Intelligence Official: American Had No CIA Ties
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) _ There is no evidence that an American on trial as an East German spy had ties to the CIA, a top German intelligence official testified Wednesday.
Jeffrey Schevitz, 55, is charged with providing information to the East German Stasi security agency between 1977 and 1990 and receiving $23,000 from them. Prosecutors say the information was of little use to East Germany.
Schevitz’ wife, Beatrice Altman, was accused of helping him, but the case against her was closed Tuesday after she accepted a fine of $7,100.
The two admitted spying for the East Germans but claimed they were double agents for the Central Intelligence Agency, hired by an American diplomat, Shepard Stone.
``We have no indication whatsoever that the Schevitz couple worked for the American intelligence services,″ said Dirk Doerrenberg, a top official of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which investigates threats to Germany’s national security.
During that period, Schevitz was a university professor in West Berlin, and later a researcher in Bonn and a policy analyst at the Nuclear Research Center in Karlsruhe.
Doerrenberg said the CIA had assured him in a letter that Schevitz was not directed by Stone, and that Stone, who died in 1990, didn’t work for the CIA.
Schevitz insisted the contents of the CIA letter ``didn’t tell the full story.″ In a closed court session Oct. 31, Schevitz claimed he had seven other CIA contact officers.
That came up in court Wednesday, and Chief Judge Helmut Holzapfel glared at Schevitz and shouted, ``You are the one who insisted from the beginning that Shepard Stone was your one and only contact!″
Schevitz, upset, exclaimed, ``I’m an American. I believed in my government.″
To which Holzapfel said: ``What are we supposed to think of what you say, when it always changes?″
Schevitz, who was jailed for four months before posting $71,500 bond in September 1994, faces a maximum 10-year sentence if convicted.
Schevitz led protests against the Vietnam War at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960s. He taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the State University of New York before moving to Germany in 1976.
The trial is to continue Friday.