Sweden arrests suspected Russian spy in Stockholm
February 28, 2019 | Brainwave Science
Swedish Security Police (SAPO) arrested a suspected Russian spy in Stockholm who is believed to have engaged in illegal intelligence activity since at least 2017. This arrest move is expected to worsen growing tension between the countries.
According to authority, the man was arrested at a meeting with a Russian diplomat in central Stockholm restaurant by agents of the SAPO and local law enforcement agencies. Police arrested both suspects but the second person (Russian diplomat) detained in the operation was released after claiming diplomatic immunity. SAPO released a statement declaring they had been working on the case for “a substantial period of time” and had carried out “intensive intelligence and investigation work”.
Last year, The National Security agency notified the Swedish government that “high threat posed by foreign spies is imminent”. The security threats to Sweden from Foreign countries especially Russia were the most extensive for several years. Swedish National Security are concerned about growing foreign political interference.
Daniel Stenling, head of SAPO’s counter espionage unit, says the person “works in the Swedish high-tech industry” and has intelligence that the agency knows greatly interests foreign intelligence services. Daniel further stated that police believe that person was recruited as an agent by a Russian Intelligence officer who worked under diplomatic cover in Sweden. However, the Russian embassy in Sweden has not commented on the security agency’s statement.
“Russia poses the biggest intelligence threat to Sweden, “Stenling said.
Russian President Putin said, “The spying games are not going anywhere. Nobody has shut it down before and nobody can shut it down now either.”
Russia has been repeatedly accused by western countries as being a persuasive player in espionage activities. The tensions between Russia and Europe is already intensifying and these espionage activities just inflame the tension. Since the Ukraine crisis in 2014, Sweden’s security services consider the possibility of Russian military operations against their country following a rise in espionage activities and military presence in Baltic region. Russian military espionage in Sweden included hacking, trying to get hold of secret information or equipment, political influence and trying to recruit agents within the nations.
According to Wilhelm Unge, security police chief analyst, a third of Russian diplomats based in Sweden were believed to be intelligence officers. Espionage against Sweden is a daily occurrence and presence of foreign spies from Russia, China and Iran have been a great concern for national security.
According to reports, Russia feel threatens with Sweden’s cooperation with NATO and threaten Swedish government with retaliation-infiltrating Swedish airspace and increased espionage activities. But Sweden isn’t the only country experiencing such a dilemma. According to national intelligence experts, Russian military intelligence agency, the GRU, and Federal Security Service, FSB, has taken a significant interest in the foreign and security policies, defense planning, armed forces, arms development, and military capabilities of European countries. Recently Russia has suffered embarrassment through Netherland, accused and expelled four alleged Russian agents who were caught hacking into Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Austria that suspects retired military colonel spied for Moscow for decades. However, On the other end of the globe, infamous case of Russia’ desperation of political influence in United States- Maria Butina, who pleaded guilty in US federal court as she admitted she acted as a secret agent for the Kremlin in trying to infiltrate conservative US political group during presidency.
Despite all the fingers pointed to one country, along with public embarrassment and collateral damage, Russia is unlikely to be deterred from carrying out aggressive foreign spying operation. Question is what choices do national security agencies have? The loss of sensitive information can be a significant national security threat to any country. In this case, it is unimaginable what sensitive information was shared with Russian diplomat since 2017. Arresting or identifying few foreign spies won’t eliminate such recurring national security threats. The best approach to take countermeasures against Russia and other countries is to identify what information foreign spy shared, how they obtained that information, how they shared- communication, local handlers of these spies, involvement of foreign diplomats, existence of the chain of foreign spies within the country and strengthen security network.
The Director General of Swedish Security Service, Anders Thornberg, stated that due to imminent threat from Russia, it’s very important for national security agencies to follow this lead. The existing conventional investigation and intelligence gathering tool cannot provide necessary intelligence about the Russian spy-web created within the nation or what information suspect shared and how he shared. Identifying and arresting a spy isn’t a scratch unless information gained from the spy can be used to reverse-engineer and identify all the foreign spies in the nation.
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