In a recommendation filed Friday in the US federal court in Virginia, the federal prosecutors seek a 17-year prison sentence for Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins. Debbins was a retired Green Beret who pleaded guilty last year to giving Russian military intelligence sensitive information for over a decade. Debbins, who has family links to Russia, committed the crime mainly for ideological motives, according to the court filing. Debbins considered himself a “loyal son” of Russia and claimed that America had to be “cut down to size.” In a different filing, Debbins’ lawyer pleaded the court for mercy, portraying his client as a man with psychological issues who felt powerless by events, including a hidden same-sex attraction that he believed the Russians would use against him to destroy his Army career during the “don’t ask, don’t tell” age.
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