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American Woman Arrested in Germany

German Federal Prosecutor Kay Nehm ordered the arrest of a 43-year-old German-born U.S. citizen in the state of Rheinland-Palatinate on Friday for allegedly trying to sell German military secrets to a third country. The woman, a translator living in Canada, stands accused of attempted treason. Prosecutors say she tried to sell sensitive military documents to a "non-NATO country" last October. The woman, identified only as Michaela T, is said to have been given material to translate by a German company. Investigators, who managed to prevent its transfer to a representative from a non-NATO country, believed it contained "a state secret" whose betrayal to a foreign intelligence service would have raised a serious security threat to Germany. The woman was arrested during a visit to her parents in Germany.