British Man Held In Berlin - Spy at British Embassy?

The Brit lifted in Berlin on a spy charge is ex RAF according to the DT - brief extract :-

A British security guard accused of spying for Moscow is an ex-Royal Air Force airman who kept a giant Russian flag on display at his home, The Telegraph can disclose.
Ministers were under pressure on Thursday night to explain how David Smith, 57, was given a job at the British Embassy in Berlin despite keeping a collection of Soviet memorabilia in plain sight along with objects linked to Moscow-backed rebels in Ukraine.
Smith was arrested at his home in Potsdam after a months-long investigation led by MI5 and the German security services. A picture obtained by The Telegraph shows the British national being handcuffed and led into an unmarked van by plain clothes police on Tuesday afternoon.
A defence source confirmed to The Telegraph that Smith was a former junior airman with the RAF. It is understood he stopped serving with the Air Force some years ago.
According to Whitehall officials, he is believed to have offered the Russians a list of persons entering and exiting the embassy. The information is thought to have been low risk because British agents use aliases when signing in to embassies.
However, on Thursday night senior Conservative MPs questioned whether Smith, who was hired by a private contractor to guard the embassy, had been properly vetted by the Foreign Office and security services before taking up the role.
Pictures taken at his small flat revealed that a giant Russian flag was in plain sight through his front window, as well as a collection of Soviet military caps.
His shelves were laden with volumes of military history, while a small communist East German flag was on the mantelpiece. A Russian naval shield lay on the desk, while a toy dog wore the green hat of the Russian Border Guards Service.
Books included a biography of high-ranking Nazi Reinhard Heydrich, a novel by master spy writer John Le Carre, and a three-volume set by the former Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky in which he aimed to dispel "myths about Russia".

The inside of David Smith's apartment in Potsdam


Here is the DT link, but may be subject to fire wall -

 
Pictures taken at his small flat revealed that a giant Russian flag was in plain sight through his front window, as well as a collection of Soviet military caps.
His shelves were laden with volumes of military history, while a small communist East German flag was on the mantelpiece. A Russian naval shield lay on the desk, while a toy dog wore the green hat of the Russian Border Guards Service.
Books included a biography of high-ranking Nazi Reinhard Heydrich, a novel by master spy writer John Le Carre,
Probably no different to what's in the average ARRSER's front room or man cave.
 

TamH70

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Probably no different to what's in the average ARRSER's front room or man cave.

On one of my shelves l have various softcore porn VHS tapes, a few Chris Brookmyre books, and a couple of volumes about nuclear and biological weaponry. Lord knows what the Telegraph would think about that little lot.
 
Probably no different to what's in the average ARRSER's front room or man cave.
I shudder to think what the media would make of my extensive library (int, air power, WWI & Ii, arctic exploration, classical world...) growing collection of German cameras, a large selection of Victorian carpentry tools, some fine silverware and a fridge full of reduced goods from Aldi.
 
On one of my shelves l have various softcore porn VHS tapes, a few Chris Brookmyre books, and a couple of volumes about nuclear and biological weaponry. Lord knows what the Telegraph would think about that little lot.
I think they would be wondering why anyone has VHS tapes any more?
Why you have porn on tape when the internet is at your, sticky, fingertips?
And what is the point of soft porn?

Or maybe that's just me
 
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TamH70

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I think the would be wondering why anyone has VHS tapes any more?
Why you have porn on tape when the internet is at your, sticky, fingertips?
And what is the point of soft porn?

Or maybe that's just me

The tapes were free, I got the VHS NICAM stereo recorder for buttons and an unleavened diet of sausage and wizard's pockets can get boring after a while.
 

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Probably no different to what's in the average ARRSER's front room or man cave.
Just saying the same. I have all LeCarre's Smiley novels, plus dozens of books on the first and second world wars and the fallout from them, a biography of Rommel, and much more including Histories of the War of Spanish Succession and Napoleon's escapades.

Does this make me a Japanese Imperialist, a nazi, a communist (or indeed a Napoleonic spy)?

Or someone who reads a lot of history?
 
Just saying the same. I have all LeCarre's Smiley novels, plus dozens of books on the first and second world wars and the fallout from them, a biography of Rommel, and much more including Histories of the War of Spanish Succession and Napoleon's escapades.

Does this make me a Japanese Imperialist, a nazi, a communist (or indeed a Napoleonic spy)?

Or someone who reads a lot of history?
you..you...historian!
 
Just saying the same. I have all LeCarre's Smiley novels, plus dozens of books on the first and second world wars and the fallout from them, a biography of Rommel, and much more including Histories of the War of Spanish Succession and Napoleon's escapades.

Does this make me a Japanese Imperialist, a nazi, a communist (or indeed a Napoleonic spy)?

Or someone who reads a lot of history?
Ah that is just books, it seems this chap had gone so far over the cuckoo's nest he probably stagged on at work in a Soviet greatcoat and furry hat and no one thought it strange when he told them his name was Vlad.
 
On one of my shelves l have various softcore porn VHS tapes, a few Chris Brookmyre books, and a couple of volumes about nuclear and biological weaponry. Lord knows what the Telegraph would think about that little lot.
The spooks would think it was Christmas if they raided my gaff, as our west German friends gave me two Russian hats, an airman's and soldiers parade dress caps, a squaddies belt with a hammer and sickle brass belt buckle, a chairman Mao cap badge, an the order of Lenin medal, all ,i am told obtained from the local flea markets, Oh, and a wad of old Bulgarian bank notes. :eek:
 
Just saying the same. I have all LeCarre's Smiley novels, plus dozens of books on the first and second world wars and the fallout from them, a biography of Rommel, and much more including Histories of the War of Spanish Succession and Napoleon's escapades.

Does this make me a Japanese Imperialist, a nazi, a communist (or indeed a Napoleonic spy)?

Or someone who reads a lot of history?
After my future wife first moved into my pad, she insisted my book collection was moved out of the front room and into boxes out of sight. Apparently, it was a reading collection that would trigger a call from a nervy social worker type to prevent.
 

colinmc400

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I wonder what a shrink might make of me, from my I-pads cache of internet "entertainment"? A fifth columnist for the SE Asian Caribbean new world order?
 

Yarra

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Vetting seems to have gone downhill a bit since George Smiley's day.



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Er, what’s with all the cuddly toys/bears and the cherubs!? Looks like some serious suppression going on right there.

I note one little teddy is wearing a ferking flat cap! And THAT gopping leather sofa. What is it about people from Yorkshire?

First it’s anti vax Cockernee Para walts all over social meeja and now this. FFS.

*edited for spolling.
 
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The spooks would think it was Christmas if they raided my gaff, as our west German friends gave me two Russian hats, an airman's and soldiers parade dress caps, a squaddies belt with a hammer and sickle brass belt buckle, a chairman Mao cap badge, an the order of Lenin medal, all ,i am told obtained from the local flea markets, Oh, and a wad of old Bulgarian bank notes. :eek:
Seems like arrse is a hotbed of espionage!
 

Ursus Major

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Er, what’s with al the cuddly toys/bears and the cherubs!? Looks like some serious suppression going on right there.

I note one little teddy is wearing a ferking flat cap! And THAT gopping leather sofa. What is it about people from Yorkshire?

First it’s anti vax Cockernee Para walts all over social meeja and now this. FFS.
There’s nowt wrong with bears…
 

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