“I can confirm that we are carrying out an investigation into intelligence agent activity,” said Markus Schmitt, spokesman for German federal prosecutors. None of the suspects had been arrested, he said.
Raids were conducted in the Belgian capital of Brussels, as well as in Berlin and the two southern states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria, the main centres for Germany’s advanced manufacturing industries.
Der Spiegel reported that the former diplomat had held a string of senior posts in the EU’s foreign service. On leaving the EU civil service, he had set up as a lobbyist, the magazine reported.
He is also believed to have visited China in the company of his handling officer. Prosecutors declined to confirm the identity or professions of the three suspects.