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[Russian] Lawyer for American Held in Russia Alleges Unlawful Arrest
An unnamed source inside of a Russian security service, according to Rosbalt, also claims Whelan received the USB only after inviting a local Russian citizen to his room at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow.

Agents with the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, or FSB, promptly burst in after the handoff, Rosbalt reported.

Courthouse News Service was not able to independently verify these claims.

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It could take more than a year for a trial to finally get underway, Zherebenkov said Thursday. If Whelan is found guilty, he could face 10 to 20 years in prison.

The former U.S. marine served two tours in Iraq and was discharged for bad conduct in 2008 after a military court found him guilty of attempted larceny.

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by Cat on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 05:36:45 AM EST
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Must be a key person as US Amb Jon Huntsman visites Whelan in person . 🙂

Latest news says Whelan is a dual US and ...
UK citizen. Interesting development fir the Russian FSB!

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 06:36:54 AM EST
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Latest info on Paul Whelan from the media, a great diversity in coverage ...

Russia's Arrest of Paul Whelan Is Payback for Maria Butina, CIA Veterans Say | Daily Beast |
Russia Charges American Marine With Espionage As Moscow's Relationship With the U.S. Deteriorates | Newsweek |
Paul Whelan latest: Ex-US marine accused of spying in Russia is British citizen

"Rosbalt reported that on the day of his arrest, Whelan met a Russian citizen, a person he had known for a long time and whom he had repeatedly tried to recruit as an agent to obtain information about the staff of Russian intelligence agencies, according to its source. Whelan received an electronic device with a list of employees of a classified department, Rosbalt reported, then Federal Security Service officers broke into his room at the Metropol Hotel five minutes later and detained him."

His position at Kelly Services put him in frequent contact with a variety of federal agencies.

"Kelly Services is a global company, and we work with federal agencies all the time, whether it is OSAC or the LEGATT at the foreign embassies, or we work with HUD or DEA, FBI, ATF, whomever in the United States. We work with federal agencies in Canada, and what have you, all over the place. So we come in contact with federal agencies and officers all the time."

Related reading ...

Maria Butina and the Criminalization of Citizen Diplomacy | The Nation - Dec. 26, 2018 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 11:04:45 AM EST
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Jeremy Hunt reacts UK citizen spy case of Paul Whelan in Moscow

Britain worried about U.S./UK citizen detained for spying in Russia | Reuters - 12 min. ago |

Britain is extremely worried about Paul Whelan, a dual U.S./UK citizen who has been charged with espionage in Russia, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Friday.

"We are extremely worried about Paul Whelan, we have offered consular assistance. The U.S. are leading on this because he is a British and American citizen."

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 4th, 2019 at 11:29:42 AM EST
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