The writing’s been on the wall for the German Republic for decades, but for many in the land of der Deutsch, the bitter pill of Islamist infiltration is still rather hard to swallow.
As reported by Great Britain’s The Telegraph, a yet to be publicly identified German intelligence officer assigned to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (German: Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz or BfV) has been arrested for conspiring with Islamists living in Germany to attack the BfV headquarters in Cologne.
The 51-year-old official was said to have made a “partial confession” to the plot, according to Der Spiegel.
The suspect attempted to pass on “sensitive information about the BfV (Germany’s domestic security agency), which could lead to a threat to the office”, an official told the newspaper.
“He is accused of making Islamist remarks online under a false name, and offering internal information during chats,” a BfV spokesman said.
The BfV said the man “behaved inconspicuously” prior to his arrest. He had, since April, been engaged in gathering intelligence on Islamist extremists in Germany, Der Spiegel said.
Online chats were apparently found between the suspect and other Islamists in which he attempted to recruit them to the intelligence agency to mount an attack on “non-believers”, carrying out a bomb attack on the spy HQ “in the name of Allah”.
He used several different names online and his activities were uncovered about a month ago.
The man’s family reportedly knew nothing of his conversion to Islam two years ago and subsequent radicalisation.
The suspect was thought to have pledged allegiance to Mohamed Mahmoud, the Austrian leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group.
According to the official BfV website;
The BfV plays an indispensable role in protecting the internal security of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its task is to avert all efforts meant to harm our country, the free democratic basic order, and our population.
To this end, the BfV collects and analyses information about extremist, terrorist, and any other efforts posing a threat to security, and about foreign intelligence services’ activities directed against our country. The predominant purpose of collating all gathered information is to keep the Federal Government informed about the security situation.