German prosecutors probe website for treason over spy story

July 30, 2015

Germany's federal prosecutors are investigating whether a website that covers digital rights issues committed an act of treason for reporting on plans to expand the country's domestic surveillance of online communication. says it received a letter from prosecutors Thursday announcing the probe against two of its journalists and an unidentified source.

The site published an article in February detailing how Germany's domestic intelligence agency wanted additional funds to increase its online surveillance programs.

In April it published a follow-up story about the 's efforts to set up a special unit to monitor .

Both articles were based on leaked secret documents.

It is rare for German prosecutors to investigate journalists for treason, which carries a sentence of one year to life imprisonment.

Explore further: Pakistani intelligence sought huge data collection tools: report

More information: Netzpolitik report:

Related Stories

Legal loophole lets Germany spy on own citizens

November 29, 2014

German lawmakers probing the surveillance activities of the U.S. National Security Agency have uncovered a legal loophole that allows the country's foreign intelligence agency to spy on its own citizens.

Recommended for you

Nanoscale Lamb wave-driven motors in nonliquid environments

March 19, 2019

Light driven movement is challenging in nonliquid environments as micro-sized objects can experience strong dry adhesion to contact surfaces and resist movement. In a recent study, Jinsheng Lu and co-workers at the College ...

OSIRIS-REx reveals asteroid Bennu has big surprises

March 19, 2019

A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid's surface. Bennu also revealed itself ...

The powerful meteor that no one saw (except satellites)

March 19, 2019

At precisely 11:48 am on December 18, 2018, a large space rock heading straight for Earth at a speed of 19 miles per second exploded into a vast ball of fire as it entered the atmosphere, 15.9 miles above the Bering Sea.


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.