Former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, who later became a MI6 spy under the code name “Forthwith,” has passed the entire Russian military intelligence (GRU) telephone handbook to the UK intelligence, British media reported on Saturday.
Skripal was spotted by the MI6 in Spain, where he was serving as Russia’s military attache and later was recruited by the UK intelligence in 1995, providing valuable information about Russian intelligence service and the military objects, The Times said.
After Skripal left GRU in 2000, he continued to work for MI6, meeting with the secret service’s agents in Spain and receiving about $5,000 for each meeting, according to the newspaper.
In 2006, Skripal was sentenced in Russia to 13 years in prison for cooperating with MI6 and transferring names of Russian intelligence agents working undercover in Europe. In 2010, then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree pardoning Skripal, with the latter then moving to the United Kingdom.
On Monday, UK police said that a man and a woman, who were later confirmed to be Skripal and his daughter Yulia, were found unconscious on a bench at a shopping center in Salisbury. Both of them were “in critical condition” and were being treated for suspected exposure to a nerve agent.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had no information on what could contain caused the incident and noted that Moscow was open for cooperation. He refused to comment on media speculations about Russia’s alleged involvement, noting that “we did not contain to wait long” for these accusations.