Italian Navy officer arrested two days ago for spying for Russia had money problems, as his wife revealed in an interview this Thursday (1st) to the newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.
“We couldn’t move on, we couldn’t live on his salary,” explained Claudia Carbonara, wife of Walter Biot, who was detained while handing over confidential documents to a Russian military man in exchange for 5,000 euros.
Her salary of “3,000 euros ($ 3,500) was not enough for a family with 4 children, 4 dogs, (…), who every month must pay a mortgage of 1,200 euros ($ 1,400),” she added.
“He was desperate. Desperate for our future and that of our children (…). Walter was in crisis for a long time, he feared that he would not be able to cover our expenses (…). In addition, we became poorer due to the covid- 19 “, says the psychotherapist, who specializes in couples therapy, during a telephone conversation with a Corriere della Sera reporter.
“If he had told me, we would have discussed it together, I would have tried to dissuade him. But he decided on his own (…). I was unable to locate him, or even find a lawyer for him,” she confesses.
According to reports received by the newspaper, Walter Biot, a 56-year-old commander who worked on the Defense Staff in Rome, “needed money, everyone knew”.
“The Russians played with his weaknesses, with his personal problems,” says a colleague who knows him well, quoted by the newspaper.
“What he did is very serious for the security of the country and for NATO. If he really sold himself, there are no excuses and he ruined his life. He risks spending at least 15 years in prison,” he added.
Walter Biot began his career as a junior naval officer, then, thanks to his abilities, he became a commander, later moving to the Naval Staff, where he was in charge of relations with the press.
From 2010 to 2015, he worked in the office of the Minister of Defense and later moved to the Defense Staff.
Other colleagues cited by Corriere della Sera are still very surprised.
“It is as if you were told that a person of your complete trust committed an unexpected act. For us, Walter was a friend and did not raise any suspicions,” he confessed.
Source: with Agencies