A British embassy member of staff has been arrested under suspicion of spying and passing documents to the Russian Intelligence Service for cash and “on at least one occasion he passed documents.”
The worker named only as David S was arrested on Tuesday in Potsdam, Berlin and prosecutors searched the mans apartment and workplace.
It is suspected that David S had been colluding with Russian spies since November 2020 and is to appear before a judge later today.
The chief deferal prosecutor’s office said in a statement, “On at least one occasion, he passed on documents he had obtained in the course of his professional activities to a representative of a Russian intelligence service.
“The accused received cash in an, as yet unknown amount in return for his transmission of information.”
A British Home Office spokesperson said, “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.”
Shadow Security Minister Conor McGinn said, “Britain’s national security is under threat 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but the UK has not had a security minister in position for over a month.
“Following today’s events, it raises questions about who in government is overseeing the most serious task of keeping the British public safe and secure.”
In keeping with Germany’s privacy laws a 57-year old man arrested as a result of a joint British and German investigation of offences relating to being engaged in “Intelligence Agent activity,” which is illegal under German law.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement, “Primacy for the investigation remains with German authorities.
“Officers from the Counter Terrorism Command continue to liaise with German counterparts as the investigation continues.”
A spokesman for Germany’s Foreign Ministry quoted by AFP news agency said the German authorities are taking this “very seriously” and added that spying by “a close alliance partner on German soil is unacceptable.”