Thursday, November 20, 2008

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Estonian Spy Scandal Shakes NATO and EU

By Holger Stark

For years an Estonian government official has apparently been collecting the most intimate secrets of NATO and the EU -- and passing them on to the Russians. The case is a disaster for Brussels.


Simm and his wife Heete, using a Cold War-era radio transmitter, allegedly offered classified information including the alliance's plans on Kosovo's independence, U.S. missile defence and the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia.

Officials say Simm, who is a former Estonian chief of police, was uncovered when his Russian handler attempted to recruit another Estonian official. That person reported the offer to NATO authorities.

Simm is expected to be arraigned early next year and if found guilty, could face up to 15 years in prison.

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