San Francisco The former head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution and CDU Bundestag candidate Hans-Georg Maaßen was more closely associated with the start-up Augustus Intelligence than previously known. According to a signed contract that is available to the Handelsblatt, Maaßen was hired as a consultant for the German-American company in July 2019, nine months after he was dismissed as head of the protection of the constitution. He was given the option to buy 2,870 shares of Augustus Intelligence.
That is 63 more stock options than Philipp Amthor received. The CDU politician had worked as a director of the company and in a letter to Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) advertised a meeting with the German Augustus founder Wolfgang Haupt. As a result of the lobbying affair, Amthor renounced his candidacy for the CDU state chairmanship in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Upon request, Maaßen confirmed that he had a contract with Augustus Intelligence. He terminated this in October 2020 and “received no remuneration in any form whatsoever” for his work at Augustus.