In Bed with the Brotherhood? America, Germany and the Muslim Brothers

Posted by John Rosenthal

In light of the current American administration’s rapprochement with the Muslim Brotherhood, it is hardly surprising that many observers would regard a recent book by former Wall Street Journal reporter Ian Johnson as, in effect, the book of the hour. Bearing the sensational title A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of [...]

German Intelligence: 90 Al-Qaeda Attacks in Syria in Last Six Months

Posted by John Rosenthal

German intelligence estimates that “around 90” terror attacks, which “can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups,” were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July. As reported by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, this was revealed by the German government in a response to [...]

The Strange Career of Wikileaks

Posted by John Rosenthal

If we are to judge by its “Collateral Murder” video and campaign, WikiLeaks is not the website — and perhaps not the organization — that it once was. I use the word “campaign” in the sense, more exactly, of a propaganda campaign. For WikiLeaks’s “Collateral Murder” bears all the markings of precisely that. Once upon [...]

More Praise for German Intelligence (from Hamas)

Posted by John Rosenthal

A Monday report from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) contains high praise for the role being played by Germany’s foreign intelligence service, the BND, in the ongoing negotiations for the release of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Praise from Hamas, that is. FAZ correspondent Hans-Christian Rößler writes: Hamas has much praise for the agents [...]

The “BND Affair” Redux

Posted by John Rosenthal

What were two BND agents doing in Baghdad during the Iraq War in 2003? “Helping” the American army? Following the testimony of the two agents before the intelligence committee of the German Bundestag last week, we know in any case that they were in regular contact with the secret service of Saddam Hussein. See my post on [...]

What is German Intelligence Doing in Iraq?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Regular Trans-Int readers will undoubtedly remember Susanne Osthoff: the burqa-wearing German archaeologist who was allegedly kidnapped in Iraq last December and then released following payment of a reported $5 million ransom by the German government. This photo, which was published earlier this month in the German weekly Stern, shows two German intelligence agents with… the [...]

The BND: Getting Information, not Giving It

Posted by John Rosenthal

While the NYTimes continues its campaign to convince its readers that the German intelligence agents stationed in Iraq during the Iraq War were “helping” the US, a spokesperson for their employer, Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND), has a radically different explanation for its apparent cooperation with US forces. A key element in the Times’s – [...]

Selective “Revelations”: The NYTimes and the “BND Affair”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Citing a “classified German review”, an article in today’s NYTimes advances new claims to the effect that the German intelligence officers based in Iraq during the Iraq War aided the US-led war effort against the regime of Saddam Hussein. (Hat-tip: Medienkritik.) The “review” in question is the same report, prepared by the German government for [...]

Osthoff Affair: All BND?

Posted by John Rosenthal

The following from a report by the German television magazine Report München [Munich Report]. According to investigations by the ARD television magazine “Munich Report”, the first negotiations with the kidnappers of Susanne Osthoff were conducted by two agents of the [German intelligence service] BND in Baghdad. Susanne Osthoff was friendly with the two BND agents [...]

The “BND Affair”: “Revelations” Unrevealed 2

Posted by John Rosenthal

[For background, see “The BND Affair”: “Revelations” Unrevealed] The so-called “BND Affair” – that is, the apparently “scandalous” possibility that two German intelligence agents present in Iraq during the Iraq War may have shared actionable intelligence with their American colleagues – is quickly becoming a non-affair in Germany. According to a statement by committee chair Norbert Röttgen [...]