Government spokesman Steffen Seibert issued this statement Thursday:

The representative of the US intelligence services at the Embassy of the United States of America has been requested to leave Germany.

The request was made against the backdrop of the ongoing investigations of the Federal Prosecutor General as well as the questions pending for months about the activities of the US intelligence services in Germany, for which the Lower House of Parliament has also established a parliamentary inquiry committee.

The Federal Government takes these incidents very seriously.

It remains vital for Germany, in the interest of the security of its citizens and its forces abroad, to cooperate closely and trustfully with western partners, in particular with the USA.

To do so, however,  mutual trust and openness are necessary. The Federal Government continues to be ready for this and expects the same from its closest partners.