A former U.S. Special Forces soldier was arrested on charges of cooperation with Russian intelligence, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday.
A statement by Virginia East District Judge Zachary Terwilliger said that “between 1996 and 2011, the former U.S. Special Forces were arrested on charges of cooperating with Russian intelligence. Peter Debbins worked with Russian intelligence officials, visited Russia periodically, was code-named and even signed a statement that he wanted to serve Russia”.
“Debbins broke the oath of an American serviceman, betrayed Special Forces and endangered our country’s national security by disclosing confidential information to Russian intelligence officers, providing details about his unit, giving Russian intelligence the identities of his coworkers and trying to recruit them. Our country trusted the accused, he accepted that trust and turned it against the United States,” the document says.
“The task of our military is to protect our people from enemies. The servicemen, while in office, make incredible sacrifices. When they conspire and pass secret information to our enemies abroad, they betray the oath given to the country and colleagues. As this verdict shows, we bring such people to justice quickly and persistently,” the statement stresses.