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Russia’s German Spy Goes on Trial

Today prosecutors filed espionage charges against Werner Franz G., a 44-year-old man from Bavaria who is alleged to have sold highly sensitive information and technological secrets to Russian intelligence between 2004 and 2006. The feds state that the German handed over documents on “highly developed technical products that can be used predominantly for civilian purposes but also for military purposes.” For as much as Russia constantly reassures the West of its international goodwill and how they don’t want to see the return the Cold War, these frequent espionage activities in Europe are not indicative of trust-building or sincere alliances.