British spy sold secrets to Russia – jailed 13 years
A spy at Berlin’s British embassy, who sold secrets to Russia and was caught in an undercover MI5 sting, has been jailed for 13 years and two months.
David Smith, 58, tried to damage Britain’s interests by passing on details of the embassy and its staff for cash payments, a judge found after the spy pleaded guilty.
Sentencing him, Mr Justice Wall said Smith had “put people at maximum risk”.
UK police described Smith’s actions as “reckless and dangerous”.
They revealed how the spy caught in a “remarkable” investigation involving two fake Russian agents working for the British security services.
Smith, formerly with the RAF, had been employed as a security guard at the embassy in Berlin for four years when, in 2020, he wrote to a Russian general passing on the names, addresses and phone numbers of colleagues, along with documents and information about security passes
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