By Estonian Free Press
The Embassy of the United States of America announced the official opening of the Office of the U.S. Secret Service in Estonia on Friday, May 20, 2011.
The Secret Service office will work closely with its law enforcement partners within the criminal investigative infrastructure in the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Estonia was selected as the site for the new Secret Service office due to both the investigative nexus it provides in combating cyber and financial crimes, as well as the opportunity it provides the agency in the fulfillment of its protective duties within the region.
Tallinn will also serve as a prime location from which to engage counterparts in Russia and throughout the Nordic region.
The opening ceremony will take place today at 12:30 at the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador, Maarjamäe 10/Pirita tee 30.
Estonian Minister of Justice Mr. Kristen Michal, U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Michael C. Polt, and visiting U.S. Secret Service Assistant Director A.T. Smith will attend the event.