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A British man has been arrested on spying charges in Germany.
Named only as David S, the embassy worker was arrested in Potsdam, near Berlin, after he allegedly worked "for a foreign secret service", the German public prosecutor said in a statement.
Officials suspect the embassy worker has been working for a foreign secret service "since November 2020 at the latest", according to the statement.
The statement added the suspect is accused of forwarding documents obtained in the course of his work to a representative of a Russian intelligence service in return for an unknown amount of cash.
The statement says: "Until his arrest, David S worked as a local employee at the British Embassy in Berlin.
"On at least one occasion he forwarded documents obtained in the course of his professional activities to a representative of a Russian intelligence service.
"In return for providing information, the accused received cash in a previously unknown amount."
The arrest is the result of joint investigations by German and British authorities.
The 57-year-old suspect was arrested on Tuesday, August 11, after an investigation involving Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism officers, the Metropolitan Police said.
In a statement, the Met said: “The man was arrested in the Berlin area on suspicion of committing offences relating to being engaged in ‘Intelligence Agent activity’ (under German law).
“Primacy for the investigation remains with German authorities. Officers from the Counter Terrorism Command continue to liaise with German counterparts as the investigation continues.”
The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is responsible for investigating alleged breaches of the Official Secrets Act.
A British Home Office spokesperson said: "An individual who was contracted to work for the government was arrested yesterday by the German authorities.
"It would not be appropriate to comment further as there is an ongoing police investigation."
He is now due to appear before a judge later on Wednesday, August 11, who will "decide on the execution of the pre-trial detention", the statement said.
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