- Jan 17, 2010
Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag -- only the fake names on the fake Austrian passports they used to enter Germany are known -- are charged with giving Russia's foreign intelligence service information on German, EU and NATO security policies and more general details on Russian-German relations.
The pair, thought to be in their 40s or 50s, denied the espionage charges in Stuttgart state court but refused to make any other statements Tuesday.
German officials won't divulge details other than those in the indictment, but the Der Spiegel magazine reported that the same U.S. mole in the Russian intelligence service who tipped off the FBI about a ring of sleeper spies based in the U.S. also divulged the existence of the couple in Germany. The information from Col. Alexander Poteyev, who Moscow convicted in absentia last year of high treason and desertion, was then passed along to German intelligence officials, Spiegel reported.
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