(TargetLiberty.org) – A former United States Army Special Forces officer pleaded guilty to spying for Russia on Wednesday. Peter Debbins, a 45-year-old Virginia native, served in the US Army from 1998 to 2005, spending his last two years with the elite Green Berets. But, unknown to the Army, in 1996, he had been recruited by GRU, the Russian military intelligence service, while he was a student at the University of Minnesota.
A former officer in the US Army's elite Special Forces unit the Green Berets pleaded guilty to spying for Russia, the Justice Department said https://t.co/ffIUPmm2vr
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Debbins’s mother was born in the USSR, and Debbins himself married a Russian citizen – the daughter of a Russian Army officer – in 1997. Despite this, he became an active-duty Army officer in 1998, then was somehow given a Top Secret security clearance and transferred to Special Forces in 2003. Debbins deployed to the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan in 2004. In 2005, he was removed from his post for serious security breaches, including inviting his wife to stay and letting her use a unit cellphone.
Later it was discovered, with unknown involvement by the UK’s Security Service, that while in Azerbaijan, Debbins had passed information about fellow Special Forces soldiers to the GRU. He now faces a potential life sentence for espionage.
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