US indicts Special Forces captain on Russia spying charge

 US indicts Special Forces captain on Russia spying charge

Share this article !

Washington, August 21, 2020
A Grand Jury has indicted Peter Debbins, 45, a former US Special Forces captain, on spying charge.
Debbins passed classified information to the Russian military intelligence agency (GRU) over a period of more than 10 years, the department said. Born and raised in Minnesota, Debbins visited Russia many times. He had contacts with Russian agents  who knew him by the code name Ikar Lesnikov.
Debbins faces life imprisonment if convicted.
The Gainesville, Virginia, man is charged with conspiring to provide US national defence information to agents of a foreign government.
“Debbins violated his oath as a US Army officer, betrayed the special forces and endangered our country’s national security by revealing classified information to Russian intelligence officers, providing details of his unit, and identifying special forces team members for Russian intelligence to try to recruit as a spy,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said.
“Our country put its highest trust in this defendant, and he took that trust and weaponised it against the United States.”
Capt Debbins’ mother was born in the former USSR, the press release said, and partly for this reason he developed an interest in Russia, travelling there numerous times between 1994 and 2010.
He married the daughter of a Russian military officer he met in the city of Chelyabinsk in the 1990s. He frequently expressed loyalty to Moscow to his Russian handlers and described himself as a “son of Russia”.
“The Russian intelligence agents allegedly encouraged him to join and pursue a career in the special forces, which he did,” the DoJ said.
He was on active duty in the US Army from 1998 to 2005, serving in chemical units including in South Korea before joining the special forces as a captain in Germany in 2003.
Debbins was first approached by Russian agents in 1996, prosecutors said.  He allegedly told them he was a “son of Russia,” and said America needed to be “cut down to size.”

Share this article !

Avatar

tndadmin

0 Reviews

Related post