BSI boss sacked over alleged Russian links

The German Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday the dismissal, with immediate effect, of the head of the German cybersecurity agency (BSI), Arne Schönbohm, suspected of maintaining “links” with Russia.

This announcement comes as media revelations for a few days have reported “its proximity to a cybersecurity consulting association, itself suspected of contacts with Russian intelligence services”.

According to the Interior Ministry, “the well-known and widely discussed allegations in the media have permanently damaged the necessary public confidence in the neutrality and impartiality” of the president of Germany’s most important cybersecurity authority.

“This is all the more true in the current crisis situation regarding Russian hybrid warfare,” the ministry added, noting that a review of these allegations is underway, and “pending the conclusion of this review. , the presumption of innocence naturally applies to the person of Mr. Schönbohm”.

It should be noted that this dismissal comes at a time when Germany suspects possible acts of sabotage by Moscow, in particular after the leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines and the large-scale railway sabotage of October 8, where the Moscow track was mentioned.

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