German far-right party angered by leaked report on extremism

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BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany is criticizing the leak of a report by security officials examining extremist tendencies within the party.

Co-leader Alexander Gauland said Friday the domestic intelligence agency BfV had refused to provide him with a copy of a report justifying its recent decision to monitor the party more closely.

German weekly Der Spiegel cited the confidential report saying Gauland used some of the same aggressive language as a party faction known for its ethno-nationalist rhetoric.

The party said it will take legal action against the BfV.

A former Alternative for Germany leader told The Associated Press she warned three years ago that the party could face intelligence scrutiny.

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Frauke Petry, who quit the party in 2017, said Gauland and others had “spectacularly underestimated and downplayed” the risk.

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