A British man working at the British embassy in Berlin has been arrested on suspicion of spying for Russia.

German police say they have arrested a British man who worked at the British embassy in Berlin on suspicion of passing documents to the Russian intelligence service in exchange for cash, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

A spokesman for Germany’s foreign ministry quoted by AFP said that Berlin was taking the issue “very seriously”.

A statement (translated from German) read:

Arrested in Potsdam by officials from the Federal Criminal Police Office in charge of the investigation. In addition, the accused’s home and workplace were searched. The accused is urgently suspected of having been working for a foreign secret service since November 2020 at the latest (Section 99 Paragraph 1, Paragraph 2 StGB in conjunction with Section 1 Paragraph 1 No. 4 NTSG).

In the arrest warrant, the accused is essentially charged with the following facts:

Until his arrest, David S. worked as a local employee at the British Embassy in Berlin. On at least one occasion he forwarded documents obtained in the course of his professional activities to a representative of a Russian intelligence service. In return for providing information, the accused received cash in a previously unknown amount.

The arrest is the result of joint investigations by German and British authorities. The accused will be brought before the investigating judge of the Federal Court of Justice today (August 11, 2021), who will open the warrant for him and decide on the execution of the pre-trial detention.”

More on this as it develops.

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Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
2 months ago

Local employee? If so at least he wasn’t one of the FCO or SIS people with access to the juicy stuff.

Watcherzero
Watcherzero
2 months ago

Private security guard its been said, they knew about him for months presumably thinking he would lead them to his handlers which would be more valuable than the non-classified info on embassy security he could provide.

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
2 months ago

Hope he got well paid for it, He should want at least 50k for every year in jail he will get. Probably got a dodgy travellers cheque and some bitcoins

David
David
2 months ago

If guilty, send him down – for a long time and no prisoner exchange; it irks that those Cambridge [email protected] did so much damage and caused the deaths of so many and they were allowed to live out their lives in Russia. Should have been hung.

Terence Patrick Hewett
Terence Patrick Hewett
2 months ago

As one Berliner jovially said to me: “everyone in Berlin is a spy…”

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
2 months ago

Including us!

Ironic that it’s the Berlin embassy where this has happened considering what is up on the roof. The Germans were none too pleased.

Was a security guy so will be amazed if he has had access to high level stuff. Would he have access to the diplomatic bag?

Watcherzero
Watcherzero
2 months ago

No, he would only have access to the outer security arrangements of the embassy and guest lists.

Eufster
Eufster
2 months ago

People come to resent their nation for a variety of reasons. Perhaps this should be a reminder that society should provide more support for people so they don’t fall into such desperation.

Steve
Steve
2 months ago
Reply to  Eufster

Philby, Burgess, Mclean, Blunt & Blake all did it for their Marxist ideology – no amount of support could have changed that.

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago
Reply to  Eufster

Think that there will always be enough malcontents, who will sell out their country of birth for any of a thousand reasons….

dan
dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

Yep. Some people are just rotten to the core. Send this dude to Kabul and let him see how tough some people have it.

dan
dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Eufster

What? Don’t blame the criminal. Blame society. lol

Jason Bannister
Jason Bannister
2 months ago

Don’t think he’s a Brit, more likely a LEC, the Guards on Brit Mil Establishments in Germany are German Nationals

dave12
dave12
2 months ago

Come on UKDJ why was my comment deleted again are you afraid of offending white supremacism or Russians ?

David Steeper
David Steeper
2 months ago

I’d like to take this opportunity to assure everyone that I am not this David S. Any silence from me in the coming days will be purely coincidental. Hold on my lawyers here I’ll have to get back to you all on this.   :wpds_eek: 

dave12
dave12
2 months ago
Reply to  David Steeper

lol

dave12
dave12
2 months ago

Well it turns out he is scottish I’m sure the white supremist in him bought him to Russians door.

dan
dan
1 month ago

Send him to Guantanamo. lol