“The former ‘green beret’ has pleaded guilty to conspiracy with Russian intelligence officers to provide them with information about the national security of the United States,” the document said. According to the US authorities, “from December 1996 to January 2011, Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins had an agreement with Russian special services officers. During this period, he “regularly visited Russia and met with representatives of the Russian special services” – the statement states.
Debbins, a former US Special Forces captain, was arrested on August 21 for espionage on charges of collaborating with the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), Russia’s military intelligence service.
Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, is awaiting sentencing on February 26, 2021, and could face a life sentence.
According to US justice, the former special forces officer is guilty of providing Russia with confidential information. “Mr Debbins also provided Russian intelligence agents with the names of a number of former Special Forces teammates, as well as information about them, so that the agents (Russians, editor’s note) could choose whether or not to approach them. teammates to determine whether they are ready to cooperate with the Russian secret services. “
According to the indictment, the former “Green Beret” was stationed in Germany, then in Azerbaijan, with a high-level security clearance.
According to American justice, Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, born in the USA to a Russian mother, was recruited by Moscow in 1996, even before he joined the army.
In 1994, when he was just 19, Peter Debbins was a student at the University of Minnesota and traveled to Russia for the first time. On a subsequent visit in 1996-1997 as part of a study program in Chelyabinsk, he was approached by Russia’s intelligence services, which began assessing and testing his potential as a secret agent.
During his student days in Chelyabinsk, he met with agents, whom he assured were a “son of Russia” and a pro-Russian politician.
The following year, Debbins – who was named Ikar Lesnikov by Russian contacts – married his Russian girlfriend, whose father was a military officer, and joined the US military.
A few years later, he announced that Russia would like to leave the army, but was instead encouraged to join the US special forces.
Debbins’ recruitment and training officially began in October 1997, his collaboration with the Russians continuing during his time as a member of the US military, between 2005 and 2010 reporting to a GRU front company, Eastern Marketing Solutions.
Initial research found that Debbins was part of the intelligence and defense community in the United States, the United Kingdom and NATO, and was employed by several defense contractors.
What makes Debbins’ case even more notable is his status in those communities as well as his analysis, reports, and presentations in the areas of defense and intelligence. All this must now be reviewed after its collaboration with GRU was discovered.
The last contact with Russia mentioned in the indictment dates back to 2011, when Debbins informed that he would move to live in Washington.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he then began working for the Institute of World Politics, which specializes in national security and intelligence.
The 45-year-old former military man arrested in Virginia is accused of “providing information about the US defense to a foreign government” and faces life in prison.
“The facts mentioned in this case constitute a shocking betrayal, by an army officer, his former comrades and the country,” Alan Kohler, an FBI official, said in a statement.