LONDON, November 11. /TASS/. A former staffer of the British embassy in Berlin, David Smith, accused of spying for Russia, pleaded guilty in London's Old Bailey Central Criminal Court, the Sky News channel said on Friday.
In all, Smith, 58, pleaded guilty on eight counts. He confessed on November 4. Judge Mark Wall on Friday ordered that they be brought to the attention of the public at large after it became known that the prosecution would not be pressing for trial on a ninth charge, to which Smith had pleaded not guilty.
According to Sky News, Smith, who was born in the Scottish town of Paisley, near Glasgow, passed to a Russian diplomat in Berlin secret information about British embassy employees and their activities, including home addresses and telephone numbers, as well as confidential documents. Smith, who worked as a guard at the UK embassy for eight years, despised Britain and Germany for their obsessive support for the LGBT community.
The German Prosecutor-General's Office broke the news of the detention of one David S. on August 11 last year. The man’s home and workplace were searched. On April 6, Scotland Yard announced Smith's extradition from Germany to the UK.