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In a wary arctic, Norway starts to see Russian spies everywhere

By Erika Solomon and Henrik Pryser Libell

12 Dec 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

A researcher at a Nordic university said he was Brazilian, but couldn't speak Portuguese. He was later arrested as a Russian spy. It’s just one of the stories that has Europe on edge. The NYT reports.

TROMSO, Norway — In hindsight, some things just didn’t add up about Jose Giammaria.

For one, the visiting researcher at the University of Tromso, in Norway’s Arctic Circle, was ostensibly Brazilian. But he couldn’t speak Portuguese. Then there was the fact that he self-funded his visit, an oddity in academia, and even planned to extend it — yet he never talked about his research. But he was always helpful, even offering to redesign the homepage for the Center for Peace Studies, where he worked.

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