Breach of security: France arrests senior military officer

French authorities are investigating a senior military officer, reportedly stationed with NATO and based in Italy, who is suspected of having transmitted sensitive documents to the Russian secret services, as DW reports.

The man was arrested by DGSI intelligence service as he was about to leave for Italy at the end of his holidays in France and is being held at a prison in Paris, according to Europe 1.

According to the statements made by French Defense Minister Florence Parly to French TV channels and newspapers, a senior military officer is under investigation for “serious security breaches.” Florence Parly also specified that all “necessary protective measures” have been taken.

This arrest occurred a week after US authorities arrested a former officer of the US Special Forces Green Berets and charged him with spying for Russia intelligence. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, was accused of sharing military secrets about his unit’s activities in the former Soviet republics. He considered himself a “son of Russia” and “thought that the United States was too dominant in the world and needed to be cut down to size.”

Since 2014 the NATO has stayed alert, when Russia instigated unrest and illegally annexed parts of Ukraine following an internationally-condemned referendum. Many Western officials and political leaders have also pointed an accusing finger at Russia for undermining global security by engaging in hybrid warfare.

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