Belgium — Counterintelligence Chief Accused of Spying for Russia

“If Clement Vandenborre is proved to have worked for Russia, it would be the biggest spy scandal since Herman Simm, an Estonian defence ministry official, was convicted of Russian espionage in Tallinn in 2009.”

Andrew Rettman — EU Observer (February 15 2019)

Gen. Claude Van de Voorde

Clement Vandenborre, the head of the counterintelligence department within Belgium’s General Information and Security Service (ADIV) is accused of spying for Russia. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Clement Vandenborre has been with the Belgian counterintelligence service for 40 years.

He has been “temporarily” removed from office. His office was sealed at the end of January 2019.

It appears that Vandenborre was in contact with a Serbian woman believed to have been a double agent for Russia.

The espionage accusation against Vandenborre will certainly not help the already tense working relations between officers with military (mostly Intelligence Department ) and civilian (mostly Counterintelligence Department of ADIV ) backgrounds.

The Russian espionage accusations against Clement Vandenborre will be investigated by a joint investigation of Belgium’s federal prosecutor and the committee supervising the intelligence service.

REFERENCES

Belgian Counterintelligence Chief Suspected of Spying for Russia — European Views

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Belgium — Counterintelligence Chief Accused of Spying for Russia

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