Germany's domestic intelligence agency came under fire for its alleged role in the 2016 Berlin terror attack, as well as claims that its president released unpublished information to far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) during an investigative committee meeting at the Bundestag in Berlin on Thursday.
The head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) Hans-Georg... Еще Maassen was the subject of scrutiny as he had previously maintained that the agency had no prior information regarding the attack, however, internal documents reveal that a source was placed at the mosque the suspect frequented.
Committee members also criticised Maassen over recent revelations he had allegedly released information from his yearly report before it was published to the far-right Alternative for Germany party. He has since faced calls for his resignation.
«We have to acknowledge in this regard that the chief of the Federal Office of the Protection of the Constitution Mr Maassen was not able to reinstate the trust. That is why from the standpoint of SPD, Mr Maassen is not the right person to be heading the federal agency,» said Fritz Felgentreu, Member of Bundestag for SPD.