- The Washington Times - Monday, July 7, 2014

The Obama administration wouldn’t comment Monday on claims that a German intelligence employee arrested last week was spying for the U.S.

The man was taken in custody amid allegations he passed documents on to a foreign nation, rumored to be the U.S.

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, an outspoken critic of U.S. surveillance and intelligence-gathering efforts, said the incident, if true, would amount to a “clear contradiction” of trust between the the two countries.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the case but stressed the U.S. and Germany remain close-knit partners.

“We’re going to work with the Germans to resolve this situation appropriately,” he told reporters. “We highly value the close working relationship we have with the Germans on a wide range of issues but particularly on security and intelligence matters. … As of right now, I’m not in a position to comment any further on this matter.”

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