Former Army Green Beret pleads guilty to divulging military secrets to Russia

| November 19, 2020

Here’s some real Russian collusion. We talked about this fella a few months back. He’s now plead guilty.

A former Army Green Beret pleaded guilty Wednesday to divulging military secrets to Russia about his Special Forces unit’s activities in former Soviet republics.

Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, of Gainesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty to a charge under the federal Espionage Act at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in February.

Debbins, a Minnesota native, had a 15-year relationship with Russian intelligence, dating back to 1996 when he was an ROTC student at the University of Minnesota and on a visit to Russia for an independent study program gave a handler there the names of four Catholic nuns he had visited, according to the charges against him. Shortly thereafter, Russian agents assigned him a code name, “Ikar Lesnikov.”

Debbins told Russian intelligence he considered himself a “son of Russia,” and “thought that the United States was too dominant in the world and needed to be cut down to size,” according to the indictment. He even offered to take a polygraph test to prove his Russian loyalty when one handler accused him of being a double agent for the U.S.

“Our country entrusted Debbins with the responsibility and training to protect it from its adversaries,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, whose office prosecuted the case, in a statement. “Debbins betrayed that trust and betrayed his fellow service members by conspiring to provide national defense information to Russian intelligence operatives.”

Debbins’s lawyer and family members who attended Wednesday’s hearing did not comment after the hearing.

He joined the Army as an active duty officer in 1998 and served through 2005, the last two years as a Special Forces officer — a career path that his Russian handlers encouraged.

He was discharged and lost his security clearance after violating protocols while on assignment in Azerbaijan, including bringing his wife with him to the country and allowing her to use a government-issued cellphone, according to officials.

As a civilian, he later worked for military contractors in counterintelligence roles, including work as a Russian linguist.

The indictment alleges he provided information and names of his fellow Special Forces members while he was on assignment in Azerbaijan and Georgia. Debbins admitted that the agents used the information to evaluate whether other Special Forces officers could be persuaded to cooperate with Russia, and that he identified one individual in particular he believed might be receptive.

Debbins’s mother was born in the Soviet Union, and Debbins met his wife in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, where they were married in 1997, according to the indictment.

In a handwritten confession filed in court, Debbins wrote that in 1997, he gave Russian intelligence a signed statement saying that “I want to serve Russia.”

“I had a messianic vision for myself in Russia, that I was going to free them from their oppressive government, so I was flattered when they reached out to me,” Debbins wrote.

In the statement of facts issued made public Wednesday, though, Debbins admitted that he held pro-Russian and anti-American political views.

Debbins received nominal payments for his information, even though he initially refused an offer of a $1,000 cash payment. In one meeting with Russian intelligence, he accepted a bottle of Cognac and a Russian military uniform as payment, according to the indictment.

He also admitted in the statement of facts that he was motivated in part by bitterness over his Army service and the potential opportunities to make business contacts in Russia.

Thanks to Jeff LPH 3 for the story tip

Source; Army Times

Category: Army, Crime, Guest Link, Russia

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  1. Pam 645X0 says:

    Maybe he should do his prison time in Russia. I hear they have stellar accommodations. Hope it was worth it, you traitorous ass.

  2. Ret_25X says:

    It’s tempting to say this guy is a whack job…and in some ways he is. But in reality, he is just a schmuck who had delusions of grandeur…

    Probably a very smart, well educated schmuck, but still a schmuck.

    Sort of like another person we all know….

  3. FuzeVT says:

    ►“thought that the United States was too dominant in the world and needed to be cut down to size”

    So he seems to be in political alignment with Barack Obama.

    ►”Debbins’s mother was born in the Soviet Union, and Debbins met his wife in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, where they were married in 1997″

    I guess that one slipped through the security clearance?

    The Inferno places traitors at the bottom rung of hell to chill with Satan, himself. There was something Dane wrote that tells us a lot about ourselves. People hate traitors. Have fun in prison, turd.

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
    – Marcus Tullius Cicero

    I can’t help but think about the (actual) communists who worked their way into the academy, entertainment and media over the last 70 years to turn it into what it is today. They did the work Soviet ICBMs couldn’t ever do.

  4. ninja says:

    Gainesville, Virginia?

    Well, guess who else lives in Gainesville, Virginia.

    Retired Major General James Grazioplene (Hondo covered him the other day:

    https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=107195

    PUBLIC INFORMATION:

    Grazioplene currently resides in the Hampton Inns in Gainesville, Virginia.

    Which makes me wonder if his wife is living with him in that hotel.

    Most likely, she probably is still legally married to him in order not to lose Military Benefits, i.e. Medical Care (TRICARE FOR LIFE), Commissary/PX Benefits, retirement/disability pay, etc. etc.

    You can find information as well as a picture of Grazioplene at the Virginia State Police/ Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Website.

    Simply go to this link, click on the left side “Search the Offender Registry” and type in his name.

    https://sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov/sor/

    Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins?

    Eventually, he will no longer be residing in Gainesville, VA.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      I hear Leavenworth is nice this time of year. Maybe both of those POSes could be bunkies.

      Or here’s a thought…A coupla ropes thrown over a high traffic stop light array…you know…to encourage the others.

    • Hondo says:

      Depending on VA’s laws regarding where sex offenders can live, he may be residing at a hotel because his home is too close to a school or playground.

  5. Sapper3307 says:

    If Lars had a son.

  6. cobrakai99 says:

    I’m giving odds that the Russians made sure he met his future wife on one of his trips to Mother Russia.

    • Hondo says:

      Good chance of that IMO. The “honey trap” is a well-known intel recruitment/entrapment method.

      • 26Limabeans says:

        We got plastered with warnings about Russian agents all the time
        I was in Germany. Kaiserslautern is the world capital for honey pots.
        Most of them could not find Russia on a map though. There was lots
        of intel gathered along the fence in front of the PX.

      • penguinman000 says:

        They pulled that one on Clayton Lonetree.

        • Hondo says:

          He’s hardly alone. There’s a long history of Russia (as well as others) using exactly that tactic against US personnel.

  7. 26Limabeans says:

    And mean while China Joe gets elected* President.

    *he has not been elected until the electoral college meets on Dec 12.

  8. NR Pax says:

    Used to be we hanged people like that. Sad that we’re too civilized.

  9. 5JC says:

    Wants to serve Russia eh? I guess they didn’t tell him. “Russia” is the name of his new 6’9″ 300lb cellmate. Good luck with that.

  10. timactual says:

    “As a civilian, he later worked for military contractors in counterintelligence roles, including work as a Russian linguist.”

    That makes me feel good. Nice to know that contractors are so careful about security.

  11. Fyrfighter says:

    “In the statement of facts issued made public Wednesday, though, Debbins admitted that he held pro-Russian and anti-American political views.”

    So you’re saying he’s a democrat…