Intelligence: Plugging The Leak At Plesetsk


February 16, 2012: Russia recently announced that a Russian space technology engineer had been convicted of espionage and sentenced to 13 years in prison. The engineer was accused of passing on unspecified data to the American CIA in return for an unspecified amount of cash. The engineer, Vladimir Nesterets, worked at the Plesetsk missile test site. This is where all sorts of missiles are tested and the results monitored by people like Nesterets. It's not just the rockets that are tested but new payloads as well, including "penetration aids" (decoy warheads to confuse anti-missile systems). It's possible that Nesterets could have turned over large quantities of new Russian technology and information on just what shape Russia's current ballistic missiles are in.

If Nesterets was working for the CIA, he now goes on a list of people the U.S. will trade in return for Russian spies captured in the United States. That happens frequently and is one of the fringe benefits of being a spy. If you get caught your employer does have a way to eventually get you out of prison and home.


Article Archive

Intelligence: Current 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close