Was it treason?
Final Question: During this entire interrogation, which has stretched over two full days, we have discussed various political and philosophical questions, touching only the high points.
After these exchanges, have you not come to the conclusion that your conduct – and the concerted action you, your brother, and others undertook – must be viewed as a crime against the common good, as well as and especially against our troops who are fighting long and hard in the east? Especially in this phase of the war? And that this conduct and action must be met with the most severe sentence possible?
Answer: From my point of view, I must answer no. Now as before, I believe I have done the best that I could for my nation. I therefore do not regret my conduct. I wish to take upon myself the consequences of my actions.