A British man working at the British Embassy in Berlin has been arrested on suspicion of spying for Russia, German prosecutors said.
The suspect, named only as David S., was detained in Potsdam, near Berlin, after a joint investigation by German and British authorities, a statement by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said.
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.
He is expected to appear before a judge at the Federal Court of Justice on Wednesday.
The 57-year-old suspect was arrested on Tuesday 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.