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France probing senior navy officer accused of ‘spying for Russia’

France probing senior military officer accused of ‘spying for Russia’

A French lieutenant colonel has been accused of treason and spying for Russia, French media report. The nation’s protection minister says the officer is beneath investigation, insisting that “safeguard measures” have been taken.

The high-profile scandal throughout the French navy – and, probably, the of entire NATO – was first reported by Europe 1 radio on Sunday. It stated the officer, who has been stationed on the alliance’s facility in Italy, is suspected of getting transmitted “ultra-sensitive” paperwork to the Russian secret companies.

The suspect is reportedly a person in his 50s who’s been working at a NATO command middle close to Naples. He’s stated to have some “distant household roots” in Russia and is presumably fluent in Russian. The person reportedly got here beneath suspicion after he was caught contacting a recognized “Russian spy” working for the navy intelligence, which French media referred to by its Soviet-era abbreviation, the GRU.

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French Protection Minister Florence Parly confirmed that there’s an ongoing probe when she was contacted by Europe 1 for remark. Parly, nonetheless, didn’t verify that the officer has been suspected of spying for Russia.

“A senior officer is going through authorized proceedings for a safety breach,” she stated. “We now have taken all the required safeguard measures.”

The officer has since been detained on fees of cooperating with a international energy, AFP reported, citing a supply within the French judiciary. Below the French penal code, supplying a international energy with intelligence or materials quantities to treason punishable by 15 years in jail and a hefty positive.

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