Spanish double agent paid 145,000 euros for data

A Spanish double agent who sold confidential information to a foreign country was paid at least 200,000 dollars (145,500 euros) for his services between 2001 and 2004, media reported Friday.

Spanish double agent paid 145,000 euros for data

A Spanish double agent who sold confidential information to a foreign country was paid at least 200,000 dollars (145,500 euros) for his services between 2001 and 2004, media reported Friday.

Roberto Florez Garcia was due to be transferred to Madrid from Tenerife, where he was detained on Monday.

The secret service CNI has not disclosed the country which purchased the information, but it was widely believed to be Russia.

The Russian embassy in Madrid, however, has denied that Moscow had any connection with Florez.

Following Florez' arrest, CNI director Alberto Saiz said he had sold the names of dozens of Spanish agents and information on CNI structures and procedures.

The agent had left the secret service and moved to the Canary Island of Tenerife on discovering that his activities were about to be investigated.

Police seized copies of the documents that Florez had sold which the former agent kept at his home. Reports said there was abundant evidence against Florez, who faces up to 12 years in prison for treason and revealing secrets related to national defence.

Saiz was due to appear before a parliamentary commission to give information about the case, probably in September.

The opposition conservative People's Party (PP) also urged Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos to inform parliament about the state of Spain's relations with Russia.

The government has downplayed the diplomatic dimension of the incident, with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero maintaining his plans to visit Russia in September.

DPA

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