The U.S. will work with Germany to resolve its concerns over reports that a German intelligence employee spied for the United States, the White House said Monday.

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The U.S. will work with Germany to resolve its concerns over reports that a German intelligence employee spied for the United States, the White House said Monday.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. is aware that a German citizen was arrested amid allegations he was purportedly working for the U.S. But he would not say whether the reports are accurate. “This is an intelligence matter, it’s a matter that is under investigation by the German law enforcement authorities, so I’m not in a position to comment on it from here,” Earnest said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says if true, the case would be a “clear contradiction” of trust.

Earnest, asked to react to Merkel’s comment, said: “As it relates to our relationship with Germany, it is a relationship that is highly valued by this country and this administration for a whole variety of reasons, including the solid cooperation and partnership that we have when it comes to our nation’s national security and our intelligence network.”

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“We are committed to making sure that we resolve this issue with the Germans appropriately,” he said.

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