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Russia sentences ex-US marine Paul Whelan to 16 years in jail for espionage

Russia sentences ex-US marine Paul Whelan to 16 years in jail for espionage

A Russian court found former US Marine Paul Whelan guilty of espionage on Monday and sentenced him to 16 years in prison. Whelan, 50, was arrested in a Moscow hotel 18 months ago with a USB drive which officers say contained state secrets. Whelan, who pleaded not guilty, said he was set up in a sting and had thought the drive, given to him by a Russian acquaintance, contained holiday photos.

Gaurav
Gaurav
Travis
Travis 2 months

Holiday photos? Really? How lame is that. How many people have offered you (the reader) USB drives with their holiday photos? Would you (the reader) look at them like they were odd if they did?

Fin
Fin 2 months

Since when do we leave any marine behind

Neil
Neil 2 months

EX US marine vacationing in Russia 100% possible. Lots of military personnel love to travel the world and seen new countries no matter where it is. Though it would be smart to pick your places wisely, because there are hundreds of countries that would love to take a US service member as an asset.

Richard
Richard 2 months

US marine vacationing in Russia... I doubt it.

ConcealCarryProtect
ConcealCarryProtect 2 months

If he was setup, which is entirely possible, why?

Fin
Fin 2 months

Where is state dept on this.. Hello

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