A former US Army Green Beret who considered himself a “son of Russia” has pleaded guilty to the treasonous act of espionage.
Petter Debbins, who previously served as one of America’s elite while acting as an agent for Russia, made his plea on Wednesday.
Debbins spent fifteen years handing secrets over to the Russians, claiming the US “was too dominant in the world and needed to be cut down to size.”
Despite the severity of the charge, the man who turned his back on his country will likely skip the death penalty, but faces life behind bars.
The sentencing hearing is scheduled for February.
Debbins, whose full name is Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, was in contact with the Russians well before he graduated from the University of Minnesota in the late 1990s.
Under Russian guidance, Debbins pushed through ROTC and pursued a place in Special Forces.
Debbins served from 1998 to 2005, and spent the last two years with SF.
According to the Daily Mail, Debbins attempted to leave the US Military but was pressured by the Russians to stay in.
The former operator claimed that he “loved and was committed to Russia.”
Debbins was arrested in the summer of 2020.
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