Austria’s Defense Ministry confirms officer suspected of passing information to Russia


VIENNA, November 9. /TASS/. Spokesman for the Austrian Ministry of Defense Michael Bauer has stated on Friday that the country’s military counterintelligence service disclosed with international support the alleged spying involving a retired Austrian officer, who was said to have transferred documents to Russia since the 1990s.

“The military counterintelligence service with international cooperation has disclosed a case of spying. A retired officer from the Austrian army has spied against the Austrian army and transferred documents to Russia since the 1990s. A case was launched against him,” Bauer tweeted.

The Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported on Friday an investigation for a 70-year-old retired colonel who has allegedly transferred information about the migration crisis, the Austrian military aircraft and artillery systems to Russian military intelligence services since the late 1990s. According to the newspaper, the colonel from Salzburg received about 300,000 euros for his services. Austrian prosecutors launched a criminal case against the retired colonel under a section about work for a foreign intelligence service. The suspect may face two years behind bars under this section.

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