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The Military Counterintelligence Service is to be given expanded powers to protect against infiltration by alleged enemies






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(MENAFN) Germany’s Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) is set to be given expanded powers to protect itself from infiltration by perceived adversaries, particularly Russia, Die Welt reported on Friday. This development is part of a draft law aimed at expanding the MAD’s intelligence capabilities beyond German military bases, especially during foreign missions. The proposed changes would allow the agency to monitor not only German soldiers but also foreign nationals by intercepting their communications and using informants.

The German Defense Ministry is pushing for these additional powers to strengthen the MAD, in response to what Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called a “turning point” in European politics, highlighting the growing threat from Russia. A ministry spokesman said the change would give the MAD the necessary authority to protect the Bundeswehr from espionage, sabotage by foreign entities and extremist infiltration within its own ranks, even during foreign missions. The new law is expected to come into force later this year.

The urgency behind the ministry’s efforts is linked to plans to permanently station a “war-ready brigade” of nearly 5,000 troops on NATO’s eastern flank in Lithuania, near the border with Belarus and Russia’s Kaliningrad region, by the end of 2027. In April, Germany sent an advance force to Lithuania to prepare for this deployment. This strategic move underscores Germany’s commitment to improving its military readiness and security measures in the face of escalating tensions in the region.

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