SPOOKS pounced on a British Embassy worker suspected of being a Russian spy amid fears he was on the brink of trading more secrets.
Security guard David Smith, 57, was seized at his one-bed flat after months of surveillance.
It is believed the married dad of one’s arrest was sped up to block opportunities to meet his alleged handlers.
Books on Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany were found at the home in Potsdam, Germany.
Experts were trawling data on his computer.
The ex-RAF man and air steward — dumped by his Ukrainian wife in February — has appeared in court and faces up to ten years’ jail if convicted of espionage.
His family in Ayr refused to comment.