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White House won’t say if German spying claim true

July 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will work with Germany to resolve its concerns over reports that a German intelligence employee spied for the United States, the White House said Monday.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. is aware that a German citizen was arrested amid allegations he was purportedly working for the U.S. But he would not say whether the reports are accurate. “This is an intelligence matter, it’s a matter that is under investigation by the German law enforcement authorities, so I’m not in a position to comment on it from here,” Earnest said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says if true, the case would be a “clear contradiction” of trust.

Earnest, asked to react to Merkel’s comment, said: “As it relates to our relationship with Germany, it is a relationship that is highly valued by this country and this administration for a whole variety of reasons, including the solid cooperation and partnership that we have when it comes to our nation’s national security and our intelligence network.”

“We are committed to making sure that we resolve this issue with the Germans appropriately,” he said.

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