London admitted spying activity in Russia
Former advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted that the country's security services have used equipment, disguised as a stone, for espionage against Russia. Earlier, London called this finding Moscow's invention.
In an interview to BBC for a documentary film, "Putin, Russia and the West", the former chief of staff of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Jonathan Powell, said that the situation with a stone put British intelligence in an awkward position. "They caught us", ex-official confessed. "Obviously, they knew about this for a while and just kept it till a politically advantageous moment". Thus, London admitted that "spy rock" was a reality, not fantasy of Russian secret service, for the first time, the newspaper Kommersant reported.
For the first time the accusations against British intelligence agents were made in 2006 on television channel "Russia": there has appearred the story about the "stone" with built-in transmitter. It was shown in the program of Arkady Mamontov - "Special Correspondent". Journalists found that the secretary-archivist of British Embassy Christopher Peart had set up a special device disguised as a stone in one of the public gardens in Moscow.
To convey information to the British secret services the recruited agent had to go past the "stone" with a PDA: the transmitter read the required data directly from the PDA. Then, a British intelligence officer who "collect" information from it appeared near the "stone".
Some time after the demonstration of the story, the FSB staited that "as a result of a successful operation, the activities of the four members of British intelligence, who worked at the British Embassy, was foiled in Moscow".
In turn, British Foreign Office expressed its "concern and surprise" in connection with the accusations. Tony Blair declined to comment the scandalous episode. But now his adviser has acknowledged that the event actually took place. "Obviously, they knew about this for a while, and just kept it till a politically advantageous moment", Powell said referring to Russia's security service.