Espionage: Merkel threatens Russia because of Bundestag hack

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has threatened Russia with consequences in connection with the hacker attack on the Bundestag in 2015. The federal government reserves the right to take measures against Russia, said Merkel on May 13 in a question session of the Bundestag in Berlin (Video from 9:10 p.m.). In doing so, she confirmed that the Federal Prosecutor General had obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect member of the Russian military intelligence service GRU. She initially described the attack on the Bundestag as "unpleasant", on request as "outrageous".

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The arrest warrant for a Russian intelligence officer had been released in early May."I am very happy that the investigations have now led to the Federal Attorney General putting a specific person on the wanted list"said Merkel, adding: "I take these things very seriously because I believe that research has been done very properly."

Hybrid warfare

"I can honestly say: it hurts me"added the Chancellor. Because on the one hand it strives every day for a better relationship with Russia, on the other hand there is "hard evidence" for such an approach.

However, the arrest warrant did not lead to a new assessment of the situation. "There is a strategy of Russia that we have to follow and we cannot displace, hybrid warfare, which also includes warfare in connection with cyber, disorientation, distorting facts"said Merkel.

Merkel did not explain what specific measures could be taken against Russia. The first step is to find Dmitrij Badin, an intelligence officer advertised for the search. You referred the expulsion of diplomatic personnel after the murder of an exiled Georgian in the Berlin zoo.

Badin, whose code name was Scaramouche, is also being searched by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He is said to have hacked the Democratic Party's computer networks in the 2016 US election campaign and was involved in the hack by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada).

The parliamentary office of Merkels was also affected by the Bundestag hack. This was the result of an investigation into the attack by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and private companies. According to Merkel, it was "tapped fairly indiscriminately what you could get".

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