Met Police working for ‘number of months’ on case of suspected Berlin embassy spy, says Dame Cressida Dick

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The man - who has only been identified as David S - was arrested in a joint operation by the German and British authorities

Police have been working for “a number of months” on the case of a British national who worked at the Berlin embassy and is suspected of spying for Russia, the head of Scotland Yard has said.

A 57-year-old security guard at the embassy was arrested in a joint operation by the German and British authorities, including the security service MI5.

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At a glance: 5 key points

- Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said her officers were continuing to work closely with the German authorities on the investigation.

- The man - who has only been identified as David S in line with Germany’s strict privacy laws - appeared in court in Germany on Wednesday following his arrest.

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- He is currently being held under German counter-espionage laws on suspicion of “intelligence agent activity”.

- Prosecutors said he was suspected of working for Russian intelligence since at least November 2020, handing over documents in return for cash on at least one occasion.

- There has been no suggestion so far that the British authorities will seek to extradite him to stand trial in the UK.

What’s been said

“We have been involved for a number of months in the Met.

“I think it’s a very good example of international co-working. We will continue to work closely with them and through the next steps.”

Dame Cressida speaking to LBC radio

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“We all think now about the Russians stealing secrets by hacking and providing disinformation by social media and so on – it is a reminder that the Russians haven’t given up also on the old-fashioned ways of suborning individuals through money.”

Former national security adviser Lord Ricketts speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme


The man is suspected of selling documents obtained during the course of his work to “a representative of a Russian intelligence service”, the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office said.

The case has led to calls from MPs for a review of the security arrangements for contractors working at UK embassies, amid fears that sensitive counter-terrorism operations may have been compromised.

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