It has been speculated that the German government may have paid around five million dollars for the release of Susanne Osthoff. Now, it is reported that she worked for Germany's BND foreign intelligence service.
What's interesting is according to the DEBKAfile, Ernst Uhrlau, Angela Merkel’s new head of the BND, is the man behind Berlin’s secret decision to trade Susanne Osthoff kidnapped in Iraq on Nov. 25 for the jailed Hizballah terrorist wanted in America, Mohammad Ali Hammadi.
There seems to be a lot more going on here then we've been told and I hope this topic will be reviewed in depth during Angela Merkel's upcoming visit to Washington. Since she claims she desires to mend relations, this would be a good jumping off point.