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US top spy to leave Berlin by end of week: Newspaper

Published on Jul 15, 2014 11:56 PM

BERLIN (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) station chief in Berlin ordered out by Germany over fresh allegations of United States spying will leave the country by the end of the week, a German newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The Bild mass daily cited security sources, adding it was only a"matter of days" now. The German Foreign Office declined to comment and referred to previous statements that the government expected the intelligence representative to leave "promptly".

Bild said it had significantly increased pressure on the US Embassy in recent days to fix a departure date.

The decision to order the CIA representative out came after dramatic reports of US espionage in Germany. Public outrage at the revelations put pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to take action against the United States.

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