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Former guard at British embassy in Berlin admits spying for Russia

Former guard at British embassy in Berlin admits spying for Russia

The accused provided useful information to Russia, some of which was classified (Getty)

A former security officer at the British Embassy in Berlin agreedSpying please RussiaHe faces up to 14 years in prison.

David Ballantine Smith, 58, pleaded guilty to eight charges under the Official Secrets Act.

Prosecutors said Major General Sergei Shukurov, the Russian military attaché in Berlin, provided information on the activities, identities, addresses and phone numbers of British civil servants.

Smith also collected intelligence about the administration and design of the embassy, ​​some of which was classified, that would be useful “to the adversary, namely the state of Russia,” prosecutors said.

Smith pleaded guilty during a hearing at the Central Criminal Court in London last week.

Prosecutors said Smith was motivated by hatred of Britain and its embassy, ​​where he worked for eight years, and sympathized with Russian officials. They said he was angered because the embassy raised a rainbow flag in support of homosexuals.

Smith’s attorney, Matthew Ryder, said his client disputed prosecutors’ explanation of “the motive and severity of what he did.” He added that Smith had “no ill will towards England”.

German police arrested Smith at his home in Potsdam, southwest of Berlin, in August 2021 and extradited him to the United Kingdom in April.

He is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date and faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

(Associated Press)

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