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British Embassy security guard faces charges of spying for Russia in Berlin as he is extradited by Germany to stand trial

A British security guard working for the Russian state in Berlin has been charged.

David Smith, 57, was extradited from Potsdam, Germany after being charged with nine felonies under the law.

David Smith has been charged with nine counts of violating the Official Secrets Act

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David Smith has been charged with nine counts of violating the Official Secrets ActCredit: PA

The security guard worked at the British Embassy in Berlin after he was arrested by German police on August 10 last year.

He is understood to have committed the alleged offenses between October 2020 and August 2021.

German officials extradited the Brit to the UK today after his arrest and he will appear in Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow.

The nine charges relate to collecting and transmitting information useful to the Russian state.

The CPS worked with the Metropolitan Police to build a criminal case and on November 15, 2021 approved the charges.

Nick Price, chief of the CPS’s Special Crimes and Counter-Terrorism Unit, said: “David Smith has been charged with nine felonies that violate the Official Secrets Act.

“He is charged with seven offenses including gathering information to send to Russian authorities, attempting communication and providing information to a person he believed was a member of Russian authorities.

“After reviewing the case and approving the charges, we received an extradition order and worked closely with our German colleagues to bring Mr Smith back to the UK.”

https://www.the-sun.com/news/5064657/security-guar-russian-information-official-secrets-act-arrest/ British Embassy security guard faces charges of spying for Russia in Berlin as he is extradited by Germany to stand trial

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