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Ex-US Marine held by Russia in spy case urges Trump to help him - Interfax

Ex-US Marine held by Russia in spy case urges Trump to help him - Interfax
Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who was detained and accused of espionage, speaks inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing to consider an appeal to extend his detention in Moscow, Russia June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov -
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MAXIM SHEMETOV(Reuters)
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying called on U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain, Canada and Ireland’s leaders to help him as he appeared in court on Thursday, Interfax news agency reported.

Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28 and accused of espionage. He had been given a flash drive that his lawyer said Whelan thought contained holiday photos, but that actually held classified information.

(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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