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Estonia calm in dealing with news on Russian double agent in Tallinn

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Uno Puusepp being interviewed by Russian TV

Estonian politicians and society have been taken by surprise by news reported by a Russian TV channel that an employee of the Estonian Internal Security Service (KaPo) has simultaneously worked for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) for 15 years.

The Russian television channel NTV, widely considered as producing pro-Kremlin news content, aired last week a programme called «Our man in Tallinn», in which an Estonian and a former employee of the KaPo, Uno Puusepp, admitted he was in fact a Russian spy.

The former KaPo chief Raivo Aeg who was in charge from 2008-2013 and will stand for the parliament next year, admitted to Estonian media that former KGB employees were recruited after the state restored independence from the Soviet Union, but in technical positions only. It has been reported that 14 former KGB workers were employed at ISS in 1991, but all of them had either left the organisation or retired by 2013.

Aeg revealed that the technical operatives were recruited only because Estonia lacked people with relevant skills at the time when the Internal Security Service was created.

Uno Puusepp, who according to Newsweek is now being charged with treason, was working in wiretapping, for example. Because of the technical position, he managed to keep a low profile and apparently slipped through any suspicion. Puusepp left KaPo in 2011 and Estonia earlier this year, residing now in Moscow.

Estonian politicians, including the Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur and a former Police Chief and MP Ain Seppik, have largely agreed that the objective of the spy revelation, which came from Russian media, is to discredit Estonia and its security services in the eyes of its partners, and create distrust among the public, ERR reports.

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  1. Linda says:

    Time to weed out the rest of the double agents and deal with them. Perhaps Puusepp could pass Moscow news back as a triple agent!

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