March 26, 1998 |
Between 20,000 and 30,000 West Germans helped East Germany's secret police over the decades, a government agency said.
October 7, 1997 |
Three Washington-area residents, including a former high-ranking lawyer at the Pentagon, are being held on charges of spying for East Germany in the years before the end of the Cold War, federal law enforcement officials announced Monday. The three, arrested last weekend in an FBI sting operation, decided to become spies during their student days at the University of Wisconsin and were motivated by leftist leanings, the government officials alleged.
May 28, 1997 |
A lengthy attempt to prosecute Markus Wolf, the legendary "man without a face" who ran East Germany's spy agency for more than 30 years, ended with a whimper Tuesday as a state high court gave him a two-year suspended sentence on relatively minor charges and let him leave the courthouse a free man.
January 8, 1997 |
Markus Wolf, the former East German spymaster, faced a second trial Tuesday, this time to answer charges in a case that is probably the German state's last good chance to prosecute a prominent member of the defunct Communist regime's leadership. Virtually all other ranking, former East German officials have died, grown too sick to stand trial or been made by circumstances to seem too washed-up or irrelevant to be satisfying targets for blame for the wrongs of the East German state.
June 27, 1996 |
In a trial that evoked Cold War times, a former West German politician was convicted of spying for East Germany and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. Karl Wienand, 69, the Social Democrats' parliamentary whip in the 1970s, was convicted of feeding information to the Communists about West German politics from 1974 to 1989.
November 11, 1995 |
A state judge convicted Berkeley-educated sociologist Jeffrey Schevitz of spying for East Germany during the Cold War, rejecting the American professor's elaborate, sometimes tearful claims that he had spied at the behest of the CIA and had always been loyal to the United States.