The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper has revealed a leaked Interior Ministry document which appears to suggest an expansion of the German secret service as part of the Christian Democrats’ post-election program.
The document, which is dated Sept. 22 and headed “Coalition Paper Preparation”, suggests giving the secret services the authority to conduct online computer searches, access to telecommunications data and the legal parameters to wiretap private residences. The paper also proposes making undercover agents who commit crimes “typical of the criminal milieu” immune from prosecution.
The Interior Ministry, headed by CDU minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, has vigorously denied the newspaper’s claims.
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