The head of Germany’s version of the CIA is being removed on the orders of Chancellor Merkel, according to domestic media reports.
Sources claim Gerhard Schindler, who has led the BND foreign intelligence agency since 2012, is being forced out for reasons that are not immediately clear.
Schindler, 63, survived a scandal a year ago when it emerged that the BND went against German interests by spying on European partners at the request of the US National Security Agency.
Germany's Intelligence chief sacked. Perhaps for spying on Euro allies at request of US https://t.co/U8cnVkb3HM— Paul johnson (@paul__johnson) 26 avril 2016
His reported replacement is finance ministry official Bruno Kahl, 53, a close ally of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.