‘CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF SPYING’: US CITIZEN DETAINED IN MOSCOW AHEAD OF NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


‘CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF SPYING’: US CITIZEN DETAINED IN MOSCOW AHEAD OF NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS

An American citizen was apprehended during a “spying action” in Moscow, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said. He is currently being detained on suspicion of espionage.

FSB agents detained a US national named Paul Whelan on Friday during “a spying action,” the agency’s press office told TASS.

Criminal proceedings were launched against the man under Article 276 of the Russian Criminal Code, which covers the crime of espionage.

No details of the suspect’s identity or facts surrounding the operation were immediately disclosed.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the US Embassy in Moscow was notified of Whelan’s detention.

News of the American citizen’s arrest comes at a time of heightened tensions between the US and Russia. Washington has accused Moscow of meddling in its domestic affairs and of various spy activities.

In October, the US Ministry of Justice accused seven Russians of being GRU military intelligence officers, and charged them with hacking and committing wire fraud

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if this guy is the "bargaining chip" the Russians want to trade for Maria Butina?!?

Russian woman charged with spying in the US

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