German Intel Chief Fired

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  1. Pathfinder

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    Berlin axes scandal-hit foreign spy chief

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    The German government confirmed on Wednesday that the head of its foreign intelligence service would be replaced two years ahead of schedule, triggering mass speculation about the cause.

    But questions remain over whether the BND boss is being replaced because of embarrassing stories about the agency in the press – or whether the government prefers an intelligence chief who is politically closer to them.

    http://www.thelocal.de/20160427/german-intelligence-chief-leaves-in-surprise-resignation

    Surveillance is a sensitive issue in Germany because of the extensive snooping by the Stasi secret police in communist East Germany and by the Gestapo in the Nazi era.

    Sources told Reuters that Schindler would be replaced by Bruno Kahl, a finance ministry official who is a close ally of Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

    German media reports said government officials doubted that Schindler could make the changes to the BND that Berlin felt were necessary in the two years that remained before his retirement.

    http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.716594
     
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    The scandals were too much and the German people demanded action, this was the least that could be done. Edward Snowden leaked that the NSA was listening in on the German government and maybe even Angela Merkel herself. I think some Germans might suspect that the BND perhaps knew about this or should have done more to prevent it hence the big cheese is gone. Even if it isn't his fault someone has to be made to pay so that it looks like something was done.
     
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