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Elaf from London: A bodyguard at the British embassy in Berlin has pleaded guilty to nine counts under the Official Secrets Act after being accused of spying for Russia. He was deported from Germany on Wednesday.
David Smith, 57, wore a blue jacket and jeans to Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning and confirmed his name and age, but told the court he no longer had an address.
Smith will later appear in London’s Old Bailey Criminal Court on April 13 on charges of collecting information from the embassy and sending it to a person believed to be a Russian representative.
David Smith was arrested by German police on August 10 last year and is accused of gathering information from the embassy with the intention of sending him abroad.
The Royal Public Prosecution Service said one of the nine allegations was related to information he provided to a person believed to be a representative of the Russian government. The alleged offenses were committed between October 2020 and August 2021.
It is alleged that the ambassador provided the information to Hussein.
Violations of the Official Secrets Act contained “details of the activities, identities, addresses and telephone numbers of various members of Her Majesty’s Civil Service.” It is alleged that the ambassador provided the information to Hussein.
Unauthorized copies of Smith’s documents, CCTV system video recordings at the UK Embassy in Berlin were accused of being useful to the Russian government, and it was asked to “dispose of the SIM card package”.
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