As you all know by now, earlier today German security forces arrested 25 people for allegedly plotting a putsch to overthrow the federal German government.
I have no idea whether such a plot was really in the works, but there’s one thing I’m sure of: if 25 plotters were arrested, then there were at least ten additional conspirators (probably more) who were planted in the group as agents of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, BfV), Germany’s domestic intelligence agency. Like the FBI, the BfV is notorious for having a large presence in all right-wing dissident groups.
Another interesting point about the arrest of the putsch plotters: in a Skype discussion this morning, one of the German translators floated the possibility that the arrest was timed to distract attention from the murder of a schoolgirl in Illerkirchberg by an Eritrean culture-enricher.
The following report concerns apparent leaks to the media about the arrests before they occurred. Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Pleiteticker.de. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:
The day before the tricky putsch raid: ARD journalist made allusions on Twitter
One day before the much-noticed GSG9 raid against a terrorist cell in the Reichsbürger scene, which according to investigators was planning a violent coup, an ARD journalist made allusions to the top-secret planned arrests on Twitter.
More than 3,000 security forces were deployed across Germany, including GSG9 and SEK units. During the action, 137 apartments and commercial buildings were searched involving 52 suspects, and numerous arrests were made. They are accused of planning a coup d’état. [Right, how is such a small number of people going to do that? Especially without the military behind them?]
The plan was to storm the Bundestag and overthrow the government. The Reichsbürger [imperial citizens] then wanted to install Prince Heinrich XIII Reuß as “regent”. The terror cell surrounding the prince is being investigated on suspicion of forming a terrorist organization and planning a serious act of violence that is dangerous to the state. The Attorney General in Karlsruhe is investigating.
What is remarkable, however, is how early many media reported extensively in background reports this morning. This indicates that the information about the raid was leaked to quite a few media in advance. [I smell a real nasty sewer rat here.]
Even more explosive: The day before, the ARD journalist and Kontraste head Georg Heil tweeted: “I’m afraid tomorrow there will be many ‘exclusive’ reports.” With this he alluded deliberately and publicly to the raid, which was still highly secret at the time for the next day.
I have the sneaking suspicion that there will be a lot of “exclusive” messages tomorrow.
— Georg Heil (@Georg_Heil) December 6, 2022
Such a public allusion is actually an absolute no-go. Normally, such information is given to journalists on the unequivocal stipulation that none of it will be leaked before the action.