Ex-BND boss considers prevented sabotage to be “tip of the iceberg”

Photo: Federal Intelligence Service (archive), via dts news agency

Berlin (dts) - After the recent arrest of two German-Russian spies in Bavaria who are said to have planned acts of sabotage against military facilities in Germany, the former President of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), Gerhard Schindler, assumes that this is only the tip of the iceberg. “Warlike conflicts are always the hour of spies,” he told the “Editorial Network Germany” (Friday edition).

“Russia has therefore continuously ramped up its intelligence operations in recent years, not only in Ukraine but in the West in general,” said Schindler. “Espionage and sabotage are part of the standard toolbox of Russian geopolitics. The secret service activities in Germany that have now been exposed are therefore no surprise, but the tip of the iceberg.”