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INSIGHT - RUSSIA/ESTONIA - few details on Russian spy in Tallinn

Released on 2012-05-10 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 5539050
Date 2008-12-16 17:40:31
ATTRIBUTION: Stratfor sources in Moscow
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: high within law enforcement
The Estonian authorities confirmed something about which hardly anyone
doubted anyway - that Herman Simm, a top civil servant in the Ministry of
Defense arrested on 21 September for passing intelligence to a foreign
power was working for the SVR.

Born in 1947, during the Soviet period Herman Simm worked at the Ministry
of the Interior and apparently was recruited by the KGB while he was a
student at the MVD Academy in Moscow. After confessing and having decided
to cooperate fully with the law, he said that he had been blackmailed by
the Russian services that had threatened to reveal his connection to the
KGB during the Soviet period.

It is an extremely embarrassing business for Tallinn as, until March 2006
Simm had access the country's most sensitive documents. In fact, he
directed the State secrets department for six years after heading the
Estonian Minister of Defense's information analysis bureau between 1995
and 2000. He also had access to NATO documents that had been passed to
Estonia under the Alliance's information exchange procedures. Although he
was taken in for questioning by his country's counter espionage authority
he was in fact unmasked by a foreign agency.

Lauren Goodrich
Director of Analysis
Senior Eurasia Analyst
T: 512.744.4311
F: 512.744.4334