Russia rules out spy swap with US after detaining ex-marine Paul Whelan, says 'premature' to barter for Maria Butina
Monday, 7 January 2019 Paul Whelan, a former US Marine who also holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship, was detained in Moscow in late December. His arrest has led to speculation that Russia could be using him to bargain for a Russian who pleaded guilty to acting as a foreign agent in the United States.
Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, has been detained in Russia over espionage charges. Western officials are calling for answers amid rumors that he may be used as a bargaining chip. Lauren Anthony reports.
According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, the lawyer of a former US marine accused of spying by Russia said that his client was misled before his arrest and believed that a thumb drive given to him..