Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, a former officer within the United States Army’s elite Green Berets has pleaded responsible to spying for Russia, the Justice Department mentioned on Wednesday.
According to information stories citing the indictment, Debbins’s mom was born within the Soviet Union, and he met his spouse in Chelyabinsk, the place they have been married in 1997.
“In 1997, Debbins was assigned a code name by Russian intelligence agents and signed a statement attesting that he wanted to serve Russia”, the Justice Department mentioned, citing a handwritten confession.
The division added that, earlier than becoming a member of the Green Berets, Debbins served as an officer in US Army chemical models and offered the Russian intelligence brokers with labeled details about the Special Forces models.
“Debbins betrayed his oath, his country, and his Special Forces team members with the intent to harm the United States and help Russia”, mentioned Assistant Attorney General John Demers.
Debbins faces a most penalty of life in jail when he’s sentenced in February.