Questioned 5 hours —then released RED police in East Berlin are
blaming "U.S.A. agents" for disconnecting a wire tap on the telephone of Bishop Bengsch, Auxiliary of Berlin, which was followed last week-end by the Bishop's arrest.
West Berlin newspapers gave big play to stories on the arrest of the Bishop by plainclothes police as he was leaving his East Berlin residence shortly after the wire tap was removed. The Bishop was questioned for five hours and then released.
No comment on the incident has been made by Cardinal Doepfner. Bishop of Berlin, or his chancery. However, informed circles in West Berlin are sure that the Cardinal protested immediatly to East German authorities and will publish a statement later if he receives no answer from them.
Meanwhile, West Berlin police headquarters has issued more details on how Catholic clergymen in the Soviet sector of the city are under surveillance by Communist police spies.