posted on Jul, 6 2014 @ 08:24 AM
I'm going to do a little speculating here and look at this from a different perspective.
Der Spiegel news magazine said the man was believed to have passed secret documents to a US contact in exchange for money.
However, one unnamed politician told Reuters news agency the suspect had offered his services to the US voluntarily.
The two are not mutually exclusive. Even if someone comes to and offers to spy for a foreign intelligence agency based on ideological grounds,
they're likely to be encouraged to accept money because this gives the foreign intelligence agency leverage should the spy ever develop a case of cold
But here is the main thing, the spy was most certainly a volunteer. The CIA has a horrible track record of actually recruiting spies. But when
you're in the spy business you need to have spies to justify your existence and the money that's allocated to your mission. No spies and people
start to ask what they're paying you for, they start to wonder if you're really necessary or worth the trouble.
Given their track record in recruiting spies, I suspect that they're a little reluctant to turn down volunteers; regardless of where they're from,
even if they're from a friendly nation, provided they make the Agency look effective to the folks that hold the purse strings. You know, until they
get caught. If they were doing a better job, (Not a job I'm suggesting is easy), of targeting and recruiting spies where we need them, I think they'd
be less likely to take the risks associated with accepting a volunteer from a friendly nation.
I think this just might be a bureaucratic and opportunistic problem, a sort of "cooking of the books" if you will, rather than a serious attempt to
target and recruit spies in Germany.
EDIT Think keystone cops, not James Bond
edit on 6-7-2014 by imwilliam because: (no reason given)