Monday, August 31, 2020

Senior French Military Officer Accused Of ‘Spying For Russia’

French Defence Minister Florence Parly (C) on a visit to a military air base in Jordan on August 28, 2020. © AFP Photo / Ministère des Armées / Handout

France 24: Senior French military officer arrested on suspicion of spying for a 'foreign power'

French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Sunday that an investigation had been launched into a senior French officer who is suspected of being behind a "security breach". According to French media and a judicial source, the officer is believed to have transmitted sensitive documents to a "foreign power", possibly Russia.

Europe 1 radio reported that a French lieutenant colonel based in Italy and stationed with NATO is suspected of having transmitted sensitive documents to the Russian secret services.

Parly said her ministry had informed prosecutors about the case. She did not elaborate on what the officer was suspected of having done.

"What I can confirm is that a senior officer is facing legal proceedings for a security breach," Florence Parly told Europe 1 radio, CNews and Les Echos newspaper.

"We have implemented all the necessary safeguards," Parly said.

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WNU Editor: Media reports are saying that he had access to critical NATO information.

More News On A Senior French Military Officer Being Accused Of ‘Spying For Russia’

French military officer investigated over suspected security breach -- Reuters
Senior French military officer suspected of spying for Russia -- Euronews
France arrests top military officer over Russian-linked 'breach' -- DW
French military official under investigation for alleged "security breach": report -- FOX News
France probes senior military officer accused of ‘spying for Russia’ – suspect worked at NATO command centre -- RT

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