Embarrassment in Germany as spy agency building plans go missing

BND seal

BND seal

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
The German government says it is embarrassed by news that classified blueprints of its spy agency’s new Berlin headquarters have gone missing. Construction for the state-of-the-art structure, which began in 2006, is expected to be completed in 2014, at the cost of 31.4 billion euros, making it Germany’s most expensive building. It is designed to serve as headquarters for 4,000 employees of the Bundesnachrichtendienst, or BND, the country’s primary foreign intelligence agency. But German newsmagazine Focus published a brief article last Sunday, alleging that the top-secret architectural plans for the building had “mysteriously disappeared” and had probably been stolen a year ago, without anyone at the government noticing their absence. According to the magazine, the missing blueprints contain detailed specifications of critical construction features, such as the building’s wall thickness, security and emergency escape systems, telecommunications cable routes, as well as sewage and water networks. Initially, the BND declined commenting on the story, but on the following day a BND spokesman told German newspaper Die Welt that the agency suspects the documents were stolen by a building contractor. The office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced last week that the government had set up an investigation committee to examine how the theft was carried out, and evaluate the damage to the security of the BND’s operations. Speaking on behalf of the German government, spokesman Steffen Seibert said that, if security officials believe that the blueprints had fallen into the hands of an adversary intelligence agency, then the possibility of redesigning or rebuilding the BND headquarters will be examined.

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