According to a German prosecutor, an employee of the British Embassy in Berlin was arrested on suspicion of spying on Russia.
A 57-year-old British man, named only David S., was detained on Tuesday after a joint investigation by British and German authorities.
The German Federal Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement that it suspected that it had sold documents obtained while working at the embassy to representatives of Russian intelligence agencies.
He will appear in front of a federal court investigator later on Wednesday.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police Department said:
“The investigation is prioritized by the German authorities. The counterterrorism command officers will continue to contact the German counterparts for the duration of the investigation.”
The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is responsible for investigating alleged violations of the Official Secrets Act.
A suspect who worked as a local employee at the embassy was arrested in the town of Potsdam, Germany, according to a statement from the prosecution.
Police then conducted investigations at home and at work.
He is alleged to have worked for a foreign secret service since at least November last year.
“At least once he transferred the documents obtained in the course of his professional activities to a representative of the Russian intelligence agency,” the statement said.
“In return for providing the information, the accused received a previously unknown amount of cash.”
In a statement, a British government spokesman said: “An individual contracted to work for the government was arrested by German authorities yesterday.
“It is not appropriate to comment further as police investigations are underway.”