Following the discovery of two German intelligence agents possibly working as spies for the U.S., the German government on Thursday ordered the expulsion of a CIA station chief operating in Berlin.

“The representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the Embassy of the United States of America was asked to leave Germany,” said government spokesperson Steffen Seibert.

In order for Germany to work closely with its Western partners, particularly the U.S., “mutual trust and openness are necessary,” Seibert said.

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