Files with sensitive data on police informants have been stolen during a burglary from the car of an official at the Bureau for Criminal Investigation for the northern German state of Lower Saxony.
The files, stolen at the beginning of May, allow conclusions to be
drawn about the official's work and how he obtained his information.
The information emerged from a report by the Interior Ministry made
available to dpa.
The bureau initially did not comment on the incident.
Lower Saxony's Interior Minister Boris Pistorius said he would
explain further details in a confidential meeting of the Committee on
Internal Affairs on Friday morning and then inform the public.
"But no files have been lost, everything is there," Pistorius told
According to the report of the Interior Ministry, the official from
whose private car the briefcase was stolen works at the Department of
Operational Intelligence and runs informants from there.
The documents contained sensitive information and data, the report
The search for the files was initially unsuccessful. Three days
after the theft, an angler found the briefcase in a pond south of the
state capital Hanover.
While personal items such as cash and a debit card belonging to the
official were missing, the "obviously" unread documents were still in
It could not yet be determined how much damage had been done to the
bureau's operations, the report said.
After the accidental unveiling of an informant at the Lower Saxony
intelligence agency last year, this is the second known scandal
within a year in which security agencies have risked the exposure of
informants, Green lawmaker Julia Willie Hamburg said.
The bureau initially did not comment on the incident. Lower Saxony's Interior Minister Boris Pistorius said he would explain further details in a confidential meeting of the Committee on Internal Affairs