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Treasonous Espionage; Spying on State Secrets in Germany

Provisions relating to treasonous espionage; spying on state secrets in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Two, under the heading “Treason and Endangering External National Security,” located in Section 96 Treasonous espionage; spying on state secrets, which reads: (1) Whosoever obtains a state secret in order to disclose it (section 94) shall be liable to imprisonment from one to ten years. (2) Whosoever obtains a state secret which has been kept secret by an official agency or at its behest in order to disclose it (section 95) shall be liable to impris onment from six months to five years. The attempt shall be punishable.

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  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to treasonous espionage; spying on state secrets is current as of 2010

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