American Arrested in Russia 'Has a Superior Set of Skills'

But Paul Whelan's brother says he's definitely not a spy
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2019 3:12 PM CST

(Newser) – The American who Russia claims is a spy was simply in the country to attend a wedding, according to his family. News of Paul Whelan's arrest in Moscow came on Monday. At the time, Russia's FSB said only that an American man had been detained Friday "during an espionage operation." In a statement released Tuesday, Whelan's family said Whelan had no known contact with anyone since 5pm local time Friday; the wedding was scheduled for Saturday. "We are deeply concerned for his safety and well-being," they said. "His innocence is undoubted and we trust that his rights will be respected." The latest:

  • The Guardian received an email from Whelan's twin brother David, who says Whelan is a former Marine who planned to be at another former Marine's wedding to a Russian woman.

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