Moscow: A civilian employee at a NATO air base in Germany has been arrested on charges of illegally gathering secret information.
The German Prosecutor General`s Office said Tuesday the 60-year-old employee of the Ramstein air base is believed to have illegally obtained and copied classified information to his computer.
Prosecutors believe he intended to hand the information to a third party.
The report did not say who the third party might have been.
The Ramstein air base, located in the western state of Rheinland-Pfalz, is the headquarters of the US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and one of NATO`s two air command headquarters. The other one is located in Izmir, Turkey.
In February, NATO officials announced plans to turn the Ramstein base into a command and control hub for the NATO`s European missile defence forces.