Ex-Green Beret Admits To Handing Over American Secrets to Russian Spies

Ex-Green Beret Admits To Handing Over American Secrets to Russian Spies


A former Army Green Beret pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to conspiring with Russian spies to disclose information about U.S. military movements overseas.

Peter Debbins, 45, pleaded guilty to transmitting national defense information to a foreign power, a felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Debbins, who was arrested on Aug. 21, admitted that he provided sensitive information to Russian intelligence officers from 1996 to 2011.

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The Minnesota native was charged more than a year after he first told FBI agents about his interactions with Russian spies.

The former Green Beret told investigators that he used the code name “Ikar Lesnikov” when communicating with his Russian handlers.

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He said that he provided his Russian counterparts with the names of fellow Green Berets while stationed overseas.

Debbins told FBI agents during

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