The practices of the Turkish secret service MIT in the Federal Republic of Germany are preoccupying German politicians. The parliamentary control committee of the federal parliament is asking the federal government for information about it. The topic is on the parliamentary agenda immediately after the summer break, said the Green MP Hans-Christian Ströbele to the "Welt am Sonntag" newspaper.
The MIT is involved in "unbelievable secret activities", he said. The Agency for Protection of the Constitution, the BND [German intelligence agency] and the police must urgently examine their cooperation with Turkey. "Otherwise there is a risk that they will make themselves complicit in criminal actions," said Ströbele.
The chairman of the control committee, Clemens Binninger (CDU), also wants to place cooperation with the MIT quickly on to the agenda: "The recent events in Turkey have had effects not only on the security situation, but possibly also on the cooperation of the intelligence services."
Actually the activities of the MIT in Germany are much more extensive than previously known. A politician involved with security matters said that in addition to a large number of full-time agents across the country the MIT has a network of 6000 informants. An informant indicated 500 citizens of Turkish origin.
"This is no longer about an agency acquiring intelligence, but increasing performing repression," said the intelligence expert Erich Schmidt-Eenboom. The monitoring intensity is enormous: "Even the Stasi did not succeed in building up such a large army of agents in the federal republic."Source