Guard Jailed for Spy Plot to Sell Military Secrets
Peachey, Paul, The Independent (London, England)
A SECURITY guard was jailed for 11 years by the Old Bailey yesterday for trying to sell military secrets to the Russians.
Raphael Bravo's plan foundered when the "foreign spy" with whom he was dealing turned out to be an agent for MI5, which was tracking every move.
Bravo, 30, who was said to be a loner, had joked with work colleagues about selling secrets to the Russians or the Libyans, the court was told. He took the documents from unlocked filing cabinets during night-time patrols on his "dead-end" job. Bravo, who confessed to police that his knowledge about spying came from James Bond films and spy novels, expected to be paid a few thousand pounds for the secrets.
The court was told his crimes could have threatened lives and seriously damaged the security of Britain and its allies if it had succeeded. Bravo was said to have been working purely for financial gain and there was no evidence he had a political motive or had acted with anyone else.
His hatched his plan after he returned from a break in the United States last year with financial problems and "post-holiday blues".
His job with Crusader, a private security company, meant he was able to get at the documents kept at BAE Systems headquarters in Stanmore, north-west London. After taking the files, he looked up the number of the Russian embassy but only got an answering machine when he called. He then sent a document with an attached note saying the Russians should contact him on his pager if they wanted to see more files.
When the documents were found to be missing, suspicion immediately …
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