Plot thickens: Frmr US Marine detained in Russia on espionage charges holds multiple passports

The plot thickens in the case of a former US Marine who was detained on spying charges in Russia before the New Year. It has emerged that Paul Whelan also holds UK and Irish passports, and maybe a Canadian one. The American was arrested in a posh hotel overlooking the Kremlin in Moscow by Federal Security Service (FSB) before the New Year. He was put in custody and charged with espionage a few days later, facing between 10 to 20 years in prison if found guilty. Whelan is a former US Marine, who worked as a security director for BorgWarner, a major Michigan-based car parts manufacturer. Whelan had been visiting Russia since 2007 and this time he arrived to attend a friend’s wedding, according to his family. He reportedly liked the country, had a profile on a Russian social media website, and even a basic command of the Russian language. The Marines gave Whelan, who served two tours in Iraq, a bad conduct discharge in 2008 over accusations of theft. This detail, made public after his…

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