The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt Für Verfassungsschutz, BFV) of Germany draws the attention of politicians and civil servants to the fact that “especially in such sensitive places as the government quarter in Berlin, the risks of wiretaps and the danger of unauthorized data leakage are real and should not be unreasonable.” This was stated by the Minister of Internal Affairs of the country Nancy Faiser, giving an assessment of the activities of Russian intelligence services in Germany. The words of the head of the department brought on Friday, June 3, the Bild newspaper, writes DW.com.
Comment Fezer followed before submitting a report on the protection of the Constitution, planned for the next week.
The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Germany accused Moscow of Hybrid War. “We protect ourselves and act. That is why we sent 40 people from the Russian embassy in Berlin, who, according to our estimates, may belong to the Russian special services,” she said.
Berlin takes measures
“We are very carefully monitoring what intelligence agencies the Russian government uses. We are very vigilant and protect ourselves. And we are taking measures,” Fezer emphasized.
The minister added that its department is on guard of “security and peace in Germany”, protecting them from “Russian espionage, from attempts to influence, from lies and military propaganda.”
At the same time, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs warned that the conversations that are conducted through conventional telecommunication networks “in principle are not protected from listening.” It should be assumed that foreign special services “make significant efforts to intercept and listening to telecommunication formations,” she said.
According to the Bild newspaper, a broadband dipole antenna is installed on the roof of the Russian Embassy in Germany, which can be used to collect disorders. It has been observing for several years now. Members of the Bundestag from committees related to security, in this regard, replaced the bureau in parliament and moved to another building.
The expert of the Christian Democratic Union for Internal Affairs Stefan Heck already demanded that the Russian diplomatic mission remove the antenna, adding that it “threatens our safety and is a provocation.” The reaction of the Russian diplomatic mission has not yet followed.
The Government of Germany on April 4 declared persons Non Grata 40 Russian diplomats. “The federal government decided to declare an unwanted significant number of employees of the Russian Embassy, who worked here every day in Germany, against our freedom, against the cohesion of our society,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Annalena Baerbock.