French Defense Minister Florence Parly says a senior officer in the French army is suspected of violating security rules. Parly responded to reports in French media that the officer is suspected of espionage for Russia.

According to the French radio station Europe 1 It is suspected that the officer passed on top-secret documents to Russian security services. This officer is stationed at a NATO base in Italy. He is said to have been arrested in France, just before he wanted to return to Italy after a holiday.

“I can confirm that a criminal investigation is underway against a senior prosecutor for violating security rules,” said Parly. She did not want to say more about it. “It is up to the judiciary to determine whether he is guilty or innocent.”

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