Frode Berg: Norwegian former border guard arrested in Russia for espionage charges
April 16, 2019 | Brainwave Science
A 63-year-old Norwegian man named Frode Berg has been found guilty in Moscow of espionage over Russian nuclear submarines and sentenced to 14 years in a high-security jail. Frode Berg, who used to work as a guard on the Norwegian-Russian border, was detained in Moscow in 2017 following a sting operation by Russia’s FSB security services.
He pleaded not guilty to charges of espionage on behalf of Norway.
According to courtroom reports, FSB agents caught Berg red-handed with sensitive documents he had received from a Russian employee of a military facility, Aleksei Zhitnyuk, who was under scrutiny by Russian intelligence. Zhitnyuk was convicted of high treason in December, last year and incarcerated in prison for 13 years. During the trial, Frode Berg admitted being a courier for Norway’s military intelligence, but he had limited knowledge of the operation he took part in several times and assumed he was only smuggling money.
Frode Berg’s lawyer Ilya Novikov said after the sentencing that his client was not planning to appeal and was expecting a guilty verdict. He further added, “Berg has no illusions, he accepted (the verdict) calmly. He expects his government (Norway) to undertake diplomatic efforts.”
According to Novikov, Frode Berg is innocent, and he has been manipulated to gather intelligence without his knowledge. Novikov said he hoped diplomatic efforts could persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to sign a presidential pardon so Berg could be released and go home.
Last week, this case was raised during a meeting between Russian President Putin and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Saint Petersburg. Putin said: “A person can only be pardoned if he has been convicted. He has not been convicted yet.”
“The question is how successful diplomatic efforts will be to secure his client’s release,” Novikov said.
Today, national security agencies around the globe face more challenge from foreign espionage than terrorism and have become a necessity to address this problem as a top priority. Canadian Spy chief David Vigneault said, agencies are more consumed by fighting foreign interference, spying, and Cyberthreats than terrorism, marking a major shift in challenges since the 9/11 attacks upended national security priorities in 2001.
As often believed, Espionage has a glamorous image in popular culture, leading many to think about James Bond in a fancy tuxedo secretly traveling to exotic locales. In a sense, this portrayal is not always inaccurate. Still, espionage takes many forms and can be generally defined as “the process of obtaining information that is not normally publicly available, using human sources (agents) or technical means (like hacking into computer systems). Espionage is so commonly used by foreign countries and crime syndicates including terrorists to gain confidential information that could blind a nation for days or months. However, we can agree that our persuasive national security personnel hasn’t found the silver bullet for such practice. Espionage is considered as a second oldest profession and it has skyrocketed since Russia’s attack on the 2016 US election. Countries like China have sped up their economic growth by hacking western business, Russians have accelerated their military capabilities by hacking military bases in the United States and Europe while Iran has played its own part by targeting US government.
Despite the fact that espionage is advancing towards Cyber or traditional espionage, reports of caught spies are still appearing in the media around the globe. Example of recently accused in espionage cases are: Maria Butina, Russian student in the United States, admitted she acted as a secret agent for the Kremlin is trying to infiltrate conservative US political group during the presidency. Within a few days, Russia arrested a US ex-marine, Paul Whelan, on suspicion of espionage in Moscow. Students or tourist aren’t the only pawns used in such cases. A high bureaucrat or largest telecom equipment makers are also a piece in this game. Examples? Austria accuses retired colonel of spying for Russia for decades and Huawei CFO Meng Wenzhou arrested in Canada on suspicion of Huawei ties to the Beijing intelligence. The list will go on but not a single above-mentioned case or others could provide a key or solution for national security agencies to protect the nation’s interest from foreign espionage. In a globally connected world, while espionage has metastasized into a critical national and economic security threat, top federal investigative officials including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the CIA and top agencies like the MI5 agree that collection of intelligence is a business that needs to catch up with advanced technologies that complement human intelligence collection process.
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iCognative technology “reads” brainwaves. The suspected terrorist, spy or hacker is attached to a headband equipped with sensors measuring his or her EEG and stimuli are flashed on a computer screen for a fraction of a second. iCognative is the only technology in the security market that can provide the key to prevent espionage in any form. This technology help law enforcement investigators to identify or exonerate subjects based upon measuring brain-wave responses to crime-related words, phrases, and pictures displayed on a computer screen. iCognative helps national security personnel to not only identify the foot-soldiers and reveal what specific crime-related information possess by them but also provide means to use that gained information to identify the mastermind or handlers. The results obtained from iCognative are perfectly accurate and error-free.
Espionage is as old as the hills; countries that are vigilant against espionage practices typically have their own agents in other countries to gather intelligence and information. It can be lead to a never-ending cycle. While technological advancements have created rooms for better criminals, the national security personnel don’t have the correct resources to identify an espionage act or agent before it causes loss to the nation’s interest. The reason is a lack of insufficient evidence, time and resources as these agents work in groups and infiltrate a country for a short duration. However, now with the existence of advanced neuroscience based-technology called iCognative, law enforcement personnel can identify the perpetrator from innocent with almost 100% accuracy without losing much sweat. iCognative is the only technology that can guarantee that espionage agents/handlers can be identified and eliminated within a few days.
Law enforcement agencies around the globe that are facing challenges in espionage can deploy iCognative, torture-free technology, to address this uphill battle and identify what information was stolen. In this case, all the necessary crime-related information could be accessible and verified with almost perfect accuracy once a 45-minutes to an hour iCognative test is conducted by Russia’s FSB security services on Frode Berg and Russian law enforcement personnel. iCognative test can assist law enforcement in their investigative work and identify the handler or other espionage agents within the nation and also know the truth behind Berg testimonies. Information such as what Russian navy information was shared, how it was shared, how the sensitive information was obtained, who contacted the Russian police officer, details of financial records, identification of other known existing espionage agents or border guard or handlers, etc., would be easily available to national security personnel to investigate this case and gain accurate intelligence in order to eliminate espionage. During iCognative test, the suspect (Frode Berg) is given a game controller to tap when a stimulus is recognized, but it’s only a prop to keep them focused. The real answer comes from the brain waves long before the game-controller is tapped. If the suspect recognizes the pictures, words or phrases, an involuntary “brain blip” will occur. This revolutionary forensic tool has been proven and is already used by several law enforcement agencies to enhance their intelligence gathering process. iCognative by Brainwave Science offers countries the chance to see inside the minds of criminals, foreign or domestic terrorists, and any other person who poses a threat to national security.