> Chancellor Angela Merkel has replaced the Head of Germany's Domestic Spy Agency. As she struggles to contain the fallout of a killing where migrant suspects may have been falsely accused. The stabbing of a man in the city of Chemnitz last month fueled multiple violent anti immigration protests in the city.
But the Spy Chief, Hans-Georg Maaßen, was seen as defying Merkel. He publically questioned reports that protestors were actively attacking migrants in Chemnitz, which Merkel herself had stated. He also suggested video purporting to show the attacks was a fake. Reuters' Andrea Shalal in Berlin.>> The real issue here is that Merkel looks weak.
The Domestic Spy Chief made these remarks that were considered an affront to Merkel on September 7th. That is ten days before this latest crisis meeting in front of the Chancellery, ten days is a really long time in politics. There's mounting pressure on Merkel. To put her foot down and do something about these people who are challenging her credibility and her authority.
>> Maaßen was considered more hardline on immigration than those in Merkel's circle. He's being moved to somewhere in the interior ministry, but it may be interpreted as the Chancellor caving to the forces of the left. That's ammunition for the far right Alternative For Germany party, the thorn in the side of her fragile coalition government.
>> That matters because there's a Bavarian election coming up in just a month's time. And Horst Seehofer, the Interior Minister, who also heads the Bavarian conservatives, is facing a huge setback in that election.>> Meanwhile, one of the two main suspects in the stabbing has been released. According to the Iraqi man's lawyer, a weapon found at the scene did not contain his fingerprints.
And no witnesses were able to identify him.