German prosecuted for passing floor plans Bundestag to Russians

In Germany, a man was charged with espionage for having given maps of the German parliament to a Russian spy. He can get up to 10 years in jail.

According to the Public Prosecutors Office, Jens F. worked for a company that regularly performed maintenance work in the Bundestag. He therefore had at his disposal PDFs of the floor plans.

The federal prosecutors argue that between the end of July and the beginning of September 2017, F. took the initiative to send a data carrier containing the PDFs to the Russian embassy. The addressee was an employee who, according to the Germans, is known to work for the intelligence agency Groe.

Much is still unclear about the case. For example, it is not known how F. knew who to send the files to and whether the Russians did anything with the information. Russia has not responded yet.