Austria accuses retired colonel of spying for Russia for decades
November 9, 2018 | Brainwave Science
Austria suspects that a recently retired military colonel spied for Moscow for several decades and provided several state secrets to Russian intelligence. This incident is a major setback in the relationship between Russia and a country seen as one of its closest allies in the European Union. Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, a representative of far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), has summoned the Russian charge d‘affaires over the matter and cancelled an upcoming to Russia.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has swiftly rejected such speculation and blamed Austrian authorities to have discussed this delicate matter through an appropriate chain of command before disclosing it to the public.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz informed the reporters that the 70-year-old army official, now retired, is suspected to have begun working with Russian Intelligence in the 90s and continued until this year. This case adds as the latest in a string of cases where Moscow has been accused of espionage in EU states. Considering the upswing in recent espionage cases in the European Union, Kurz hardened his tone and said if Russia’s involvement is proven in either Austria or Netherland case then it would take stern action against Russia.
“Russian spying in Europe is unacceptable and to be condemned,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz added
Austria’s Defense Minister Mario Kunasek said the government was warned several weeks ago by a friendly European intelligence agency about the suspected spy. Kunasek further revealed the suspect, whose electronic devices, including a laptop, was confiscated for examination, has told the investigator that Russians had been interested in weapon systems, in the migration situation in Austria and information about Austrian personalities.
According to press reports, the colonel was paid 300,000 euros for his services, however, this hasn’t been verified by any officials. This case indicates that even after the Cold War, spying has continued, regardless of how closely two countries work and showcase that Austrian authorities require to tighten their security networks.
It’s the latest and shocking espionage scandal to erupt between an EU member state and Russia, especially after the limelight and embarrassment Russian government faced after the Netherlands accused and expelled four alleged Russian agents in April who were caught hacking into Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Several countries including the United Kingdom and the United States have revealed that Russia acts as a global threat to the nation’s security by illegally obtaining confidential intelligence. From the period of the Cold War, Russia had a much longer list of espionage and intelligence-gathering cases around the globe. Irrespective of the Collateral damage or public embarrassment, Moscow is unlikely to be deterred from carrying out aggressive foreign spying operations.
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