From The Evening Independent on this day in 1942:
Italian Nobleman Admits Espionage To Police in Rio
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 22--AP--Police announced that the Italian Count Edmondo di Robilant had been arrested and had confessed that he provided information for transmission to Rome concerning the passage through Rio some time ago of the British transport Queen Mary.
The tall, thin Di Robilant, a high official of the Italian Latin airline, was taken into custody with several other persons, and the police said the arrests broke up a major Italian espionage ring.
An official announcement said that the count was instrumental in mounting a radio transmitter which passed secret information to Rome, and that he had provided data concerning material on ships coming from the United States for use in a big Brazilian steel mill now under construction, as well as informing on the Queen Mary.