Berg is sure that a person he met in fall in Oslo, and who instructed him to go to Russia, where Berg was detained, is related to the Norwegian intelligence, the Dagbladet newspaper reported on Sunday, citing Berg’s lawyers.
"Frode Berg hesitated for a long time how he should act in this situation since he was loyal to the Norwegian authorities, and hoped they would support him. Berg wants his version to be sounded," Berg’s lawyer Brynjulf Risnes told the newspaper.
Berg’s Russian lawyer Ilya Novikov said, in his turn, his client did not plead guilty, as he was not fully aware of what activities he had been engaged in.
According to Russian media reports, Russian security services suspect Berg of working for the Norwegian intelligence services, as well as the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In Russia, Berg faces up to 20 years in prison.
Berg’s lawyers insisted he could have been used as a carrier of classified documents by intelligence officers without being aware of it.