Germany expels top US intelligence officer in spy row

This photo taken on Oct 29, 2013 shows a view of the US embassy in front of Berlin's Parliament building (the Reichstag). Germany has expelled the US intelligence station chief in Berlin Thursday, July 10, 2014, over alleged spying by Washington
This photo taken on Oct 29, 2013 shows a view of the US embassy in front of Berlin's Parliament building (the Reichstag). Germany has expelled the US intelligence station chief in Berlin Thursday, July 10, 2014, over alleged spying by Washington, the government said in a highly unusual move among close NATO allies. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Germany has expelled the US intelligence station chief in Berlin Thursday over alleged spying by Washington, the government said in a highly unusual move among close NATO allies.

"The representative of the US intelligence services at the embassy of the United States of America has been told to leave Germany," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.