The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), the leading domestic intelligence agency in Germany, operates “hundreds” of fake right wing accounts that it uses to infiltrate right wing political networks, according to a report by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Based on interviews with a BfV agent, the reporter who broke the story, Ronen Steinke, said that not only are BfV agents allowed to agitate and inflame the passions of the networks they infiltrated, but they are also allowed to commit criminal offences.
“In order to be really credible, it’s not enough to share or like what others say, you also have to make statements yourself,” said the unnamed agent.
“This means that the agents also bully and agitate,” said Steinke. “To a certain extent, they are also allowed to commit criminal offences.”
An unnamed head of a local BfV field office said the tactics are “the future of information gathering,” in a comment to the newspaper.
According to Steinke, the BfV has invested in online right wing infiltrators since 2019.... (Read more)
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