“Russian computer scientist fired from Dutch university for spying” by Martin Enserink ( Science AAAS, July 29, 2015)
A Russian computer scientist was fired from his job at a university in the Netherlands last year after Dutch intelligence officers warned he was spying for his home country. Ivan Agafonov, a postdoc at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) who was working on quantum computing, lost his work visa around the same time and left the Netherlands.
What I would like to know is: Why was an employee at a
- university lab
(not a government or industrial lab) being monitored by German and Dutch spy agencies? If a Russian postdoc working at a Dutch university lab communicates scientific facts acquired at that lab to another Russian scientist, is that considered a crime (“endangering national security”) in the Netherlands?