US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Washington wants an explanation for why Russia detained a former American Marine on spying charges in Moscow and will demand his immediate return if it determines his detention is inappropriate.
“We’ve made clear to the Russians our expectation that we will learn more about the charges, come to understand what it is he’s been accused of and if the detention is not appropriate, we will demand his immediate return,” Pompeo said Wednesday in Brasilia, where he attended the inauguration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday.
The detained American, Paul Whelan, is at a detention facility in Moscow, where he was arrested on Friday.
Whelan is 48 and served in the US Marine Corps Reserves from May 10, 1994 to December 2, 2008, He lives in Novi, Michigan.
Russia’s FSB state security service opened a criminal case against Whelan but it gave no details of his suspected espionage activities. Spying can…