Estonian marine scientist convicted of spying on NATO

Jens Stoltenberg - NATOPhoto: Yves Herman / Pool Photo via AP

An Estonian marine scientist who worked at a NATO center has been sentenced to three years in prison for spying for China. The man also worked for the Estonian Ministry of Defense.

The 57-year-old man was part of the research committee at the NATO Marine Research Center in Italy, which conducts studies that help the Alliance’s warships and submarines.

The trial in Estonia took place behind closed doors, but the verdict from the court in the city of Harju states that the man has been convicted of espionage and “membership in unconstitutional organizations formed to carry out activities against the Estonian Republic.”

“He was motivated by traditional human weaknesses, such as money and the need for recognition,” Aleksander Toots in the Estonian security service noted.

A NATO official says the Alliance does not comment on intelligence matters.

This is likely the first case of its kind – that is not connected to Russia – in Estonia. Another person has also been arrested in the case. 

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