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Media: Briton suspected of spying for Russia pleads guilty

MOSCOW, Nov 11 Briton David Smith suspected of working to the intelligence of the Russian Federation, pleaded guilty, reports the British agency PA.
Smith was detained in August last year in Germany, where he worked as a security guard at the British embassy. He was later extradited from Germany to the UK. Smith, who lived in Potsdam, was charged “with nine offenses under the Official Secrets Act of 1911”. In April, he pleaded not guilty.

According to the agency, Smith pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey in London to transferring secrets to Russia while working as a security guard at the British Embassy in Berlin.

The press service of the German Prosecutor General's Office reported earlier that British citizen David S. was detained in Germany on suspicion of working for the Russian intelligence service. He is suspected of having cooperated with the Russian intelligence service since November 2020 at the latest, having been received on the spot by an employee of the British Embassy in Berlin. The Briton was detained on August 10 in the city of Potsdam (Brandenburg), the apartment and workplace of the suspect were searched.
As the German media wrote, David S. mainly worked with British documents, but in at least one case he transmitted information about employees Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. According to law enforcement agencies, the suspect received a monetary reward for his services, presumably in cash, as indicated by pauses in the use of bank cards and accounts. The Briton was detained as part of a joint operation of British and German law enforcement officers.

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