German Military Discussion Leak Is Part of a Bigger Scandal

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius gives a press statement following the publication of a recording of a conversation between German officers about Taurus cruise missiles by a Russian propagandist.
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German Military Discussion Leak Is Part of a Bigger Scandal

Germany betrays its allies—again.

“As promised, I am publishing the audio of a conversation between Bundeswehr officers discussing how they will bomb the Crimean Bridge,” RT editor in chief Margarita Simonyan wrote on March 1. The 38-minute audio recording from February 19, however, discussed how Germany could deliver Taurus missiles to Ukraine without the support of German soldiers. This contradicts German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s reason for refusing to provide Ukraine with the missiles. But it is only part of a much bigger story.

“The chancellor is wrongly advised or has a special agreement with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” German politician Roderich Kiesewetter concluded in a conversation with Welt. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has long pointed to a German-Russian agreement as the key to understanding German-Russian relations. The recent scandal exposes the truth of this agreement.

The timing of the publication plus the content and the context of the recording make the leak one of the most explosive revelations of recent decades.

Betraying Allies

Last week, Scholz said concerning the Taurus missiles: “This is a very far-reaching weapon. And what the British and French are doing in terms of target control and support for target control cannot be done in Germany.”

His comment revealed that the British and French are directly aiding Ukraine.

Scholz’s statement outraged British and French partners and raised the question: Can Germany be trusted? The leaked phone call added to their unease.

The Telegraph wrote: “Germany accidentally leaked British military secrets to Russia by using off-the-shelf video phone technology to discuss missiles in Ukraine.” The paper called it “one of Berlin’s worst security breaches since the Cold War.”

In the call, German Luftwaffe Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz revealed additional details about Britain’s support for Ukraine and casually added: “[T]here are numerous people there in civilian attire who speak with an American accent.”

None of this is likely a big surprise for Russia. But what other military secrets has Germany handed to Russia?

It proves the Cold War saying: If you want Moscow to know something, then give the information to the Germans.

The leaks are too numerous to be uncalculated.

The Timing

Kiesewetter told public broadcaster zdf that the audio release might be a bid to “divert the public discourse away from the Wirecard revelations and the funeral of Alexei Navalny.”

The insolvent financial services provider Wirecard is seen as Germany’s biggest postwar financial scandal; the company is linked to the German government and Russia. A joint investigation by Der Spiegel, zdf, Austria’s Standard and the Insider revealed how the Russian secret service recruited Jan Marsalek, chief operating officer of Wirecard.

Marsalek has been on the run for almost four years, and it has been speculated that Russia helped him escape investigation. Der Spiegel reported that his contacts with the Russian military intelligence service likely started in 2014, and there are many indications that he also involved Wirecard in Russian secret service activities.

Because Wirecard was involved with dozens of international corporations, including the German Federal Criminal Police Office, Spiegel speculated that “sensitive information” ended up in Russian hands:

Did Marsalek use Germany’s flagship company for the benefit of a hostile power? Did a Dax company help to wage war? And how could the German secret services have been unaware of all this?

These questions need serious consideration, especially if you consider the following: “Marsalek probably instructed Bulgarian helpers to track Moscow’s critics across Europe, spy on them, and possibly even eliminate them. The plot was uncovered just in time by the British domestic intelligence service MI5,” Der Spiegel concluded.

Germany “accidentally” leaked British secrets to Russia and “failed” to expose corruption scandals that benefit Russia until British intelligence sounded the alarm.

In 2019, former Economics Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg talked to then Chancellor Angela Merkel about Wirecard’s China plans, which Merkel supported on her trip to Beijing. “The Ministry of Finance, then led by Olaf Scholz, also helped,” Der Spiegel reported, “even as the allegations of fraud and money laundering against Wirecard grew ever louder.”

If Scholz was involved, he would likely prefer to keep those details secret. This continues a long history of dubious cooperation.

The Best of Friends, the Worst of Enemies

“They are the best of friends. They are the worst of enemies,” our March 2022 Trumpet magazine noted. “No relationship between two countries is more fascinating than that of Germany and Russia. And no relationship is more important to the future of the world.”

Our article “Russia and Germany: Partners in Crime” states:

[B]usiness and personal links frequently helped Germany and Russia form alliances, which repeatedly dominated and divided Europe between them. Under Catherine the Great, Russia, the German state of Prussia and Austria divided Eastern Europe among themselves—chopping off lumps of Poland until, by 1795, nothing was left. Otto von Bismarck, arguably Germany’s most successful leader, famously quipped, “The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.”

Less well known is the way Germany worked with Russia to try to return to power after World War i. On April 16, 1922, Germany and Russia signed the Treaty of Rapallo. The treaty made Germany Russia’s main trade partner in Europe. But the full extent of the cooperation was not uncovered until much later. It has since been revealed that within months, German manufacturer Junkers was illegally manufacturing German aircraft and Krupp artillery in Russia. German industrialists helped Stalin’s factories catch up to the Western world.

More secretly, Germany conducted military research, development and training—which was outlawed by the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War i—in Russia. In exchange, Russia trained with the German Army and shared in the military advances. Germany set up secret bases, factories and airfields in Russia.

This was 20 years before Germany would fight the United States. Adolf Hitler, just 33 years old, hadn’t even begun his rise to power. Yet Russia and Germany were already conspiring against the West. This secret alliance was one of the main reasons Germany was able to explode into power once Hitler became chancellor in 1933.

Recent cooperation shows the relationship continues. In 2008, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry warned: “I believe that Germany’s leaders may have already agreed to a deal with Russia, a modern Hitler-Stalin pact where Germany and Russia divide countries and assets between themselves. This agreement would allow each to turn its sights on other targets. Any such deal that may have been struck between Germany and Russia is a precursor to war!”

Many people fail to see the significance of German-Russian relations because they fail to understand Bible prophecy. Read Mr. Flurry’s article “Germany’s Secret Deal With Russia—Exposed” to understand more.