>> German prosecutors say a soldier's secret double life as a fake Syrian asylum seeker was part of a plot to assassinate their justice minister and a former president. A third man now detained in connection to the foiled conspiracy, which exposed investigations of Nazi sympathies among Germany's military. Reuters' Thomas in Berlin has been watching the soldiers' case.
>> The suspicion is, as outlined by the defense minister, that he hoped to disguise himself as an asylum seeker. Having given his fingerprint, if he were to launch an attack, then on the weapon would be found with his fingerprints. Authorities would put those fingerprints into their database, and then they would have created the impression that an asylum seeker, a Syrian asylum seeker, perhaps, had caused the attack.
>> The man has been identified as Franco A, an army officer. His full name cannot be disclosed due to German privacy laws. But he is said to have been a rising star in their, military even though warning sign went back for years. Franco's barracks quarters were littered in Nazi memorabilia, and his master's thesis at a prestigious French-German exchange program focused on a perceived doom to European races.
A French commander wanted to discharge Franco, but instead he was let off without formal punishment, raising questions over how he was allowed to slip through the cracks. It wasn't until Austrian police found he'd stashed a gun at a Vienna airport that the spotlight came down on the German soldier.
>> All armies have far right extremists among their number. It's a side effect of being an army. It's different in Germany of course, because of the past. The past makes the presence of far right extremists in the army a far more sensitive matter.>> Last week, Germany reported it was investigating 275 cases of extremism in its ranks, mostly from the far right.