What the papers say – August 12

Thursday’s front pages lead on the security breach at the British embassy in Berlin.

What the papers say – August 12

The arrest of a possible spy for Russia and the Duke of York’s legal woes are splashed across the papers.


An official at the British embassy in Berlin has been accused of passing classified terrorism documents to a Russian spy, the Daily Mail says.

The Daily Mirror also covers the story, with the paper saying the operation to catch the “mole” security worker was led by MI5.

The situation has prompted calls for an “urgent” review of the use of private contractors in diplomatic offices, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Independent reports the Duke of York’s “failure” to co-operate with a US probe into late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s network has caused a “diplomatic strain” between London and Washington.

A source has told The Times the Prince of Wales “sees no way back to public life for Andrew” even if alleged victim Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit against the duke fails.

The i reports 30 Bradford schools will take part in a Government pilot programme using air purifiers and ultraviolet light to tackle Covid-19 and the flu.

The pandemic has led to growing numbers of young people being taken into care in some of England’s most deprived communities, according to The Guardian.

The Daily Express says older voters have threatened to boycott the Tories if the party’s triple lock pledge on pensions is broken.

Metro carries a photograph showing the fearful face of a girl refugee as the paper describes the “terror” in Afghanistan “as the West abandons them to Taliban”.

The Financial Times reports the White House has asked Opec to boost oil production in an effort to curb high fuel prices.

And the Daily Star says “bedwetters” have declared the smiley emoji patronising and passive aggressive, prompting the paper to ask: “How do the little mites survive in this cruel world?”

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