British Embassy guard denies copying secret documents and spying for Russia


Yesterday, a British embassy security guard denied that Russia was copying secret documents and spying on colleagues.

The court heard that David Smith was working in Berlin when he tried to give details to the Moscow attaché.

He was arrested at his home in Potsdam, Germany, and extradited to London on Wednesday, where he faces nine charges under the Official Secrets Act.

Westminster Magistrates Court heard Smith, 57, had “attempted to communicate with Russian embassy general Sergey Chukhurov”.

He is accused of attempting to send a letter containing “details about the activities, identity, addresses and telephone numbers of Her Majesty’s public servants”.

Smith also allegedly collected secret material, including unauthorized copies of documents, SIM card packaging and CCTV footage.

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He is said to have been approached by “someone you believe to be a member of Russia’s Military Intelligence Service (GRU)” on August 9 last year, when he was said to have “delivered information to the British Embassy in Berlin about repairs to the building.”.

“Nine counts carry a maximum jail term of 14 years,” prosecutor Louise Gray said at the 15-minute hearing.

Smith denies the charges. He was remanded in custody before reappearing at Old Bailey on Wednesday.

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