Italy’s spy thriller took a decidedly mundane flip Thursday with indications that the Italian Navy captain accused of passing labeled paperwork to Russia was determined for extra cash to pay his mortgage and help his 4 kids.
Walter Biot, an Italian Navy frigate captain most just lately assigned to a coverage place on the Protection Ministry, was being held at Rome’s Regina Coeli jail. Throughout a preliminary interrogation Thursday, he exercised his proper to not reply prosecutors’ questions or make an announcement, Italian information experiences mentioned.
Biot was arrested on espionage prices Tuesday after he was allegedly caught passing a pen drive of labeled paperwork, together with some on NATO operations, to a Russian Embassy official in change for five,000 euros ($5,900). He had been trailed for months by Italian intelligence officers.
A Rome choose on Thursday confirmed his arrest and denied his request for home detention, the ANSA and LaPresse information businesses reported. His lawyer, Roberto De Vita, didn’t instantly reply to calls or an e-mail in search of remark.
The Overseas Ministry instantly ordered the Russian caught with Biot, in addition to one other Russian Embassy diplomat, expelled in what Overseas Minister Luigi Di Maio mentioned was a “hostile act of maximum gravity.”
Biot’s spouse, Claudia Carbonara, insisted that Biot would by no means betray Italy’s safety. However she mentioned he was determined for cash since his 3,000-euro wage on the Protection Ministry merely didn’t cowl the wants of a household of six with 4 canines and a mortgage.
In an interview with Corriere della Sera newspaper, Carbonara mentioned Biot wouldn’t dream of reducing again on his kids’s sports activities actions however couldn’t make ends meet. Carbonara, a psychotherapist, mentioned if he had advised her what he was planning, she would have dissuaded him.
“Even when he did what he did, I’m positive he would have thought it via and wouldn’t prejudice the nationwide curiosity. He’s not silly,” she was quoted as saying.
Biot’s grownup son, in the meantime, advised reporters that his father was solely attempting to help his household. In an audio recording posted on the web site of La Repubblica newspaper, the 24-year-old son mentioned he returned to the household’s Pomezia house Tuesday night to search out Carabinieri officers there, and that he solely realized his father had been arrested on espionage prices from information experiences.
The son, whose title was not given, mentioned neither he nor his grownup sister had full-time jobs, working solely as a gardener or cleansing swimming pools, leaving Biot to help all of them. He voiced concern that if his father receives a dishonorable discharge from the Navy, the household would face much more devastating monetary issues.
“If he did one thing like this, possibly there’s an answer, that he’s affected by psychological instability,” he mentioned.