[funsec] Ex-security official of Estonia accused of spying

Juha-Matti Laurio juha-matti.laurio at netti.fi
Mon Sep 22 13:00:08 CDT 2008

"The former head of security at the Estonian Defense Ministry has been arrested, suspected of spying, an official said Monday.

Gerrit Maesalu, a spokesman for prosecutor Lavly Lepp, said the Harju county court on Sunday issued a warrant to arrest Herman Simm, 61, on suspicion of treason.

Maesalu said Simm is suspected of collecting classified information and forwarding it to a foreign country.
Maesalu did not say which country that was, but Baltic news agency BNS quoted unidentified sources as saying it was Russia."

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"Working in the defence ministry since 1995, Simm headed the department charged with protecting state secrets.
He led a team charged with setting up a security system to protect clandestine state information as Estonia prepared to join the EU and NATO in 2004."

Bad, really bad.
There are many people which don't sleep well this evening.


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