A 57-year-old British man suspected of spying for Russia and handing over documents in exchange for cash while working at the British Embassy in Berlin has been arrested in Germany, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
The suspect identified only as David S., was arrested on Tuesday in Potsdam, west of Berlin, based on cooperative investigations by German and British authorities.
German prosecutors said the Briton is suspected of being a secret service agent and spying for the Russian intelligence service since at least November.
Before his arrest, he worked as a local hire at the British Embassy in Berlin and allegedly passed on documents he received at work to the Russians, the prosecutors said.
The suspect ‘on at least one occasion passed on documents he acquired as part of his professional activities to a representative of Russian intelligence,’ the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The Briton then received an unknown amount of cash in return, the statement said, adding that investigators have searched his home and office.
The suspect identified only as David S., is suspected of being a secret service agent and spying for the Russian intelligence service since at least November. Pictured: The British embassy in Berlin
His arrest is the result of a joint investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command and their German counterparts.
The Met Police said in a statement: ‘A 57-year old British national was arrested by German authorities on Tuesday, 10 August, as part of a joint investigation between the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command and German counterparts.
‘The man was arrested in the Berlin area on suspicion of committing offences relating to being engaged in ‘Intelligence Agent activity’ (under German law).
‘Primacy for the investigation remains with German authorities. Officers from the Counter Terrorism Command continue to liaise with German counterparts as the investigation continues.
‘The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is responsible for investigating allegations and matters relating to alleged breaches of the Official Secrets Act.’
A Government spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘An individual who was contracted to work for the government was arrested yesterday by the German authorities.
‘It would not be appropriate to comment further as there is an ongoing police investigation.’
In June, a Russian man who worked at a German university was arrested on suspicion of espionage for allegedly passing information to Russian intelligence, German prosecutors said.
The suspect, identified only as Ilnur N., was arrested on Friday, and his home and workplace were searched.
Federal prosecutors said he worked as a research assistant for a science and technology professorship at a German university. They didn’t identify the university or specify where in the country he was arrested.
The man is accused of meeting at least three times with a member of a Russian intelligence service, which prosecutors didn’t identify, between October of last year and June. In two of those meetings, he is alleged to have handed over information on the university in exchange for an unspecified amount of cash.
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