A mole at the intelligence agency Verfassungsschutz told Research Cooperation (German: “Rechercheverbund”) NDR/WDR/Sueddeutsche that the secret service could tip two men off. The terror cell was under the command of ISIS leader Abu Mussab al-Almani (†2017). Their plan was vague and revolved around multiple attacks in Germany. It was a far cry from coming to fruition.
The information is probably leaked today for the purpose of making Verfassungsschutz look more relevant than it is. The mutual dependence of the German government and its media is guaranteed by a continues string of deliberately placed intelligence information. The Research Cooperation between the public broadcasters NDR/WDR and the supposedly free-market newspaper Sueddeutsche exists since 2014 officially, but is older than that and had published already the leak on the cooperation of Verfassungsschutz with the American NSA.