BERLIN — A British employee of the nation’s embassy in Berlin has been arrested on suspicion of passing recordsdata to a Russian intelligence agent in alternate for cash, German authorities acknowledged Wednesday.
He was arrested in Potsdam, about 15 miles southwest of Berlin, after a warrant was issued Tuesday following a joint investigation by British and German authorities, the observation acknowledged, adding that his home and effect of residing of job were searched.
Prosecutors alleged that on at least one occasion, the suspect passed paperwork bought for the interval of his work to a representative of a Russian intelligence service. He is accused of receiving cash of an “unknown amount” in return.
David S was scheduled to look in entrance of an investigating judge on Wednesday.
“An particular individual that was contracted to work for the federal government was arrested the day before nowadays by the German authorities,” the British Home Diagram of enterprise acknowledged in a observation. “It wouldn’t be appropriate to observation extra as there’s an ongoing police investigation.”
It is the most fresh in a chain of arrests in Europe of suspects purported to were working for Russian and Chinese intelligence companies. Security officials in Britain and Germany hold given new warnings about attempts by adverse overseas governments to take industrial and examine recordsdata in efforts to intervene in politics.
In June, German authorities acknowledged that they’d arrested a Russian examine assistant at a German university for passing recordsdata on the institute to Russian brokers in return for unspecified amounts of cash. The following month, the high of a German political think tank was charged with spying for China and ceaselessly passing on recordsdata to their intelligence brokers following divulge visits or global conferences.
With Germany preparing for parliamentary elections in September, Thomas Haldenwang, the high of the nation’s domestic intelligence agency, warned last month that there had been a spate of phishing assaults on political targets that can level to attempts by overseas powers to intervene within the vote.
Britain also accuses Russia of being within the lend a hand of the attempted killing of extinct Russian agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England, in 2018. London and a form of European governments expelled Russian diplomats in retaliation.
Germany authorities hold also accused Russia of being within the lend a hand of the assassination of a extinct Chechen insurrection in Berlin’s central Tiergarten park the following 365 days. The suspected gunman is currently on trial.