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Former Portuguese security official arrested in NATO spy case

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Former Portuguese security official arrested in NATO spy case

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Italian media reports say a former senior Portuguese security official was arrested in Rome following a request from Portugal.

Frederico Carvalhao Gil was detained along with an unnamed Russian citizen.

Gil is a former division chief in Portugal’s Secret Intelligence Service. He was detained by Italian police after a sting operation coordinated with Portuguese agents.

Gil was allegedly in possession of secret documents regarding NATO and the EU. The second man is said to have been arrested with a large amount of cash.

The Portuguese is charged with espionage and illegal transfer of confidential information to third parties.

The case is apparently a very sensitive one for NATO because Gil has access to “a wide array of NATO secrets.”

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