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Germany Charges US Woman with Treason

A 43-year-old woman with US citizenship has been accused of trying to sell German military secrets to a non-NATO country. The woman, identified only as Michaela T., was formerly a German citizen but worked as a freelance translator in Canada. After having payment problems with the company that had hired her to translate German military documents, she tried to sell them. Canadian authorities became aware of her plan and sent an investigator posing as a secret service agent of a non-NATO country to see her. The woman handed over the documents after a second meeting, prosecutors said. German authorities arrested her in September when she was visiting her parents in Germany. German law allows even non-Germans to be charged with treason if their actions or intended actions risked harming Germany. The non-NATO country has not been named.