US Marine recruited Russian security forces using a book

US Marine recruited Russian security forces using a book
Paul Whelan Photo: Marine Corps Times

It is reported that he attracted the attention of the FSB 12 years ago. During his first visit to Russia, Whelan began to look for contacts of FSB officers.

There are some new details in the criminal case of former Marine, American Paul Whelan, who was detained in December 2018 for espionage in Russia. It is reported that he attracted the attention of the FSB 12 years ago. During his first visit to Russia, Whelan began to look for contacts of FSB officers.

According to Kommersant, Paul Whelan came to Russia annually for ten years, mainly visiting Moscow and St. Petersburg. During Whelan’s active interaction with former and current FSB officers, his telephone conversations were tapped and meetings recorded. “To win over one of the security forces, Whelan brought a book of ex-KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin convicted of high treason,” the publication reports citing its source.

Over the time, Whelan was able to establish good connections among the secret services. It is reported that the electronic medium, after the transfer of which Paul Whelan was detained by operatives, was transferred to the American by the current FSB officer. Whelan thought that the flash drive contained a list of operatives of one of the special services.

Paul Whelan was accused of trying to obtain state secret information in the Russian Federation, however, the detainee's family claimed that he had come to Moscow for a friend’s wedding, The Nation News recalls. In August 2019, the investigation charged the American with espionage. The court extended the arrest of the accused until the end of 2019, RT notes.

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