Estonia Catches Its First Spy
Estonian police have arrested high-ranking member of the Defense Ministry Herman Simm on accusations of espionage. His wife Heete Simm, a police lawyer, faces similarly charges. Estonian authorities have not named the country the couple were providing information to, but Estonian media and local experts claim it was Russia. Herman Simm, 61, was responsible for military secrets. In spite of several earlier claims by the government of Russian espionage operations in the country, this is the first spy case in the modern history of the country in which an actual agent has been identified.
The Simms were arrested on Sunday after the state prosecutor petitioned the court. The investigation is being carried out by the Estonian state prosecutor, security police, information department (foreign intelligence service) and Defense Ministry.