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Germany: Berlin replaces BND spy chief Schindler amid NSA scandal01:26

Germany: Berlin replaces BND spy chief Schindler amid NSA scandal

Germany, Berlin
April 27, 2016 at 21:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

The president of the German Federal Intelligence Services (BND) Gerhard Schindler will enter early retirement, German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said during a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday.

"The control of the Federal Intelligence Service will see a change that will come into effect from July 1. The former President Gerhard Schindler will enter retirement. His successor will be Department Head for the Federal Finance Ministry, Dr. Bruno Kahl," Seibert said.

Moreover, Seibert quoted the head of the Federal Chancellery, Peter Altmaier, saying that "the Federal Intelligence Service faces great challenges in the coming years which affect all areas of its work. This concerns, here, the further development of its assignments with regards to the changing state of challenges to security, as well as further improvements to the Service with regards to technology and personnel, [and the] necessary organisational and legal consequences from the work of the NSA investigating committee [the German Parliamentary Committee investigating the NSA spying scandal] as well as the move of a large part of the BND from Pullach to Berlin."

Schindler's dismissal comes a year after the BND was accused of alleged spying on European corporations and high-ranking officials at the request of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and two year before he reaches official retirement age.

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The president of the German Federal Intelligence Services (BND) Gerhard Schindler will enter early retirement, German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said during a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday.

"The control of the Federal Intelligence Service will see a change that will come into effect from July 1. The former President Gerhard Schindler will enter retirement. His successor will be Department Head for the Federal Finance Ministry, Dr. Bruno Kahl," Seibert said.

Moreover, Seibert quoted the head of the Federal Chancellery, Peter Altmaier, saying that "the Federal Intelligence Service faces great challenges in the coming years which affect all areas of its work. This concerns, here, the further development of its assignments with regards to the changing state of challenges to security, as well as further improvements to the Service with regards to technology and personnel, [and the] necessary organisational and legal consequences from the work of the NSA investigating committee [the German Parliamentary Committee investigating the NSA spying scandal] as well as the move of a large part of the BND from Pullach to Berlin."

Schindler's dismissal comes a year after the BND was accused of alleged spying on European corporations and high-ranking officials at the request of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and two year before he reaches official retirement age.

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