OSINT versus “Wisdom of Krauts”

In the last couple days German media and parts of the political establishment got all excited over the fact that Bundestag representatives of the party Die Linke have been (and continue to be) watched by the German domestic intelligence service, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz. Although good PR is not one of the domains of secret intelligence services, traditionally, it does not help when former service officials have problems explaining tasks and methods properly, like we saw last weekend during one of the major TV talk shows.