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Declassified and Approved For Release 2012/01/24: CIA-RDP90-00965R000504230007-4 ARTICLE APPEARED ,v E W YORK TIMES ON PAGE August 1985 h Kohl and Aide Meet on Spy Case; Intelligence Shake- Up Is Expected also disclosed that Mr. Tiedge, who joined the agency in 1866, had from 1976 to 1979 been transferred out of the sec- tion dealing with the tracking and de- tention of East German spies, but had returned to it "at his own demand." Mr. HArdtl said it was still unclear whether Mr. Tiedge was a longterm can in no way be cleaned up by meas. ness. ures against individual functionaries." The spy scandal widened Sunday In coming debates, the Social Demo- evening when a 50-year-old secretary crats are certain to recall that two of in the offices of President Richard von their senior figures had resigned be- Weizsiicker, Margarete Hoke, was ar- cause of espionage imbroglios - Chan- rested on suspicion of being an East cellor Willy Brandt in 1974 and Defense German spy. Minister Georg Leber in 1978. Miss HOke had worked for 21 years in the Presidential complex and in her resignation, warned that "the scandal PasiVoe^taey Nsaekld set East German operative or whether he Mr. Vogel, suggesting that his party had impulsively decided to defect be- would seek the Interior Minister's cause of mounting personal problems, Mr. Kohl's spokesman told a news conference that after a Cabinet meet- ing Tuesday the Chancellor would have a second report on the spreading espio. nage affair and then draw the appropri- ate "personnel oorsequeno 1 "- an al- lusion to an anticipated shakeup in the country's intellipoce establishment. dy JAMBS M. MAR101AM spsdU to no Nw Yet 'non- BONN, Aug. 26 - Chancellor Helmut "We assume that be did not know In the meantime, reviewing the Kohl met today with his Interior Minis- about this," the spokesman said of the Officers were reported that Mr. Tiedge had worked on to ter about what intelligence experts are security check. An earlier check, in c determine if there was a pattern calling one of the worst spy scandals in lyg3, had determined that there were deception in his work. West German history. problems," be added. In the apparently thin hope that Mr. As they conferred. the leader of the Mr. Hsrdti said the latest check had Tiedge might rent his decision to de- opposition Social Democratic Party, been ordered by Ludwig Holger Pfhals, fact and return, Bonn officials have HanssJochen Vogel, said the marl r the new president of the Federal Office been trying to get into contact with him Minister, Friedrich Zimmermann, for the Protection of the Constitution, in East Berlin. Their efforts have so far bore "political responsibility for the, as the country's counterespionage been fruitless. Mr. Ost insisted, though, greatest endangering of security in the agency is Ja own, that the Kohl Government was "afro in Federal Republic's history." The Interior Ministry spokesman contact 01 with East Germany on the Mr. Vogel on Tuesday is to chair a Parliamentary subcommittee that will take testimony from Mr. Zimmermann and other witnesses on the latest spy scandal, which erupted last Friday when East Germany announced that Hans Joachim Tiedge, a 19-year vet- eran of West Germany's counterespi- onage agency, had defected and asked for asylum. This followed the disappearance of two Bonn secretaries and an army messenger, believed to be East Ger- man agents. security Cheek Was Ordered Wighard Hsrdtl, an interior Ministry spokesman, said a security check had been ordered on Mr. fledge three days before he vanished Aug. 19. Mr. HArdtl said the check had been ordered be- cause Mr. Tiedge was a drinker and led a disorderly life, not because of suspi- cions that he was an East German operative. lag post was a ranking foreign policy aid c The post tion gave her access to top-secret for- eign policy documents and reports from west German embassies. Suspects Reported Shadowed Mr. HArdtl said that Miss Hoke had been under observation for some time. Other Government sources said the woman, who had lived quietly in an apartment in a Bonn suburb, had been recruited by an East German agent who had become her lover. Friedhelm Ost, the spokesman for Chancellor Kohl, said today that he had no information on new cases of espio- nage. But there were persistent reports of intensive shadowing of suspects in Bonn and of other imminent arrests. The Government's information policy seemed partly aimed at keeping sus- pected agents off guard. The Cologne police are also invest-' gates Mr. 'fledge for the possible mur- der of his wife in 1982. The official ac- Count of the can indicates that the wife, Ute Tiedge, had succumbed to head wands received in a bathroom accident; neighbors contended that Mr. fledge had struck her with a spaghetti bowl. Sources indicated that Mr. Tiedge emptied his bank accounts before leav- ing the country, but he apparently did not inform his three teen-age daughters of his decision. As Bonn's interest was seized by the Tiedge affair, the left-wing Green Party dissented from the general view that the defection had damaged West Germany's At special leadership gathering in Soltau, the party resolved that the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution should be dissolved since it was incompatible with democracy at home and good relations with neighbor- ing countries. Declassified and Approved For Release 2012/01/24: CIA-RDP90-00965R000504230007-4