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British security guard David Ballantyne Smith who passed secrets to Russia pleads guilty to spy charges

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A security guard at the British embassy in Berlin has pleaded guilty to breaching the Official Secrets Act after he spent at least 10 months spying for the Russians.

David Ballantyne Smith, 58, was caught in a sting operation and arrested by German police near his home in Potsdam on August 10 last year.

Smith, originally from Paisley near Glasgow, passed secrets to the Russian military attache, including details about the activities, identities, addresses and telephone numbers of various members of the embassy.

The information was said to be intended to be useful to an enemy, namely the Russian state.

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