A 23-year-old former British soldier has been arrested under Britain's Official Secrets Act on suspicion of spying for the Russian intelligence service.
Risk analyst Peter Stephen Hill, who was a Territorial Army trooper in the Royal Armoured Corps, has also been charged with possessing explosives. It is understood, however, the explosives were not linked to suspected terrorist activity but instead related to his service with the army.
Hill, who lives in Skipton, North Yorkshire, was arrested in Leeds last Wednesday following an operation by the Metropolitan police in which an undercover officer posed as a Kremlin agent. Most recently understood to have worked as a bailiff, Hill will appear before magistrates tomorrow under section four of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.
A report in the Sunday Telegraph claims MI5 believes there are 30 intelligence officers working 'under cover' for the Russian embassy who are trying to steal Britain's military and political secrets.
Jonathan Evans, head of MI5, said vital resources needed to tackle terrorism were being diverted to stop foreign intelligence agents from stealing sensitive information on civilian and military technology. He singled out agents from Russia and China.