Now that Russia's charged a US citizen, who are the bargaining chips?
Friday, 4 January 2019 Moscow (CNN)The arrest of US citizen Paul Whelan in Moscow last week prompted intense speculation in national security circles: It came just 15 days after alleged Russian agent Maria Butina pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the United States. The timing seemed to raise one possibility -- that Russian President Vladimir Putin or his government agencies might be looking to orchestrate some sort of swap. "I do think that Putin wants there to be some sort of quid pro quo so that he has some leverage over how quickly Butina can be released and probably deported back to Russia as soon as possible," national security analyst Steve Hall told CNN. "But this isn't a spy swap, because it's not...
The State Department said it expects Russia to provide access to an American citizen arrested in Moscow. He's accused of being on a "spy mission," a crime that carries up to a 20 year sentence. Barry..
Russia's federal security service says it arrested an American citizen accused of spying. Agents detained American Paul Whelan on Friday, according to Russian media. No details were disclosed about the..