This story leaves out most of THE DETAILS!
What was our spy doing when he was caught?
What information did he want"
What was his objective?
Where exactly was he caught in Russia?
What spy equipment did he possess?
Was he an official US embassy worker?
Which spy agency does he work for?
What documents were in his possession?
What kind of visa did he have?
Was he traveling on a US Diplomatic Passport?
Is he a foreign service officer?
By Anatoly Kurmanaev
Updated Dec. 31, 2018 9:09 a.m. ET
MOSCOW—Russian authorities said Monday they had detained a U.S. citizen for alleged spying, setting the tone for more confrontation between the two countries in the new year.
American Paul Whelan was arrested on Dec. 28 while “carrying out spying activities,” Russian security agency the FSB said in a brief statement without providing further details.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry told state media it had informed the U.S. embassy about the arrest. The U.S. embassy in Moscow and the State Department didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.
Mr. Whelan could face up to 20 years in jail if he is convicted of spying.
“The law of retaliation states, ‘An eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth,’” Russian President Vladimir Putintold reporters earlier this month when asked how his government would respond to politically-motivated arrests. “But we will not arrest innocent people simply to exchange them for someone else later on.”
In a New Year message to President Donald Trump sent last week, Mr. Putin said Russia is open to dialogue “on the most wide-ranging agenda” with the U.S.
In the last four years, Russia has met U.S. sanctions and tariffs with its own countermeasures which have either banned or raised the cost of selected Western imports entering Russia.
Last week, Russian websites published the personal details of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s entire Moscow bureau. That disclosure came days after a British newspaper printed the names and photographs of some of Russian state media journalists working in the country. The BBC has said only Russian authorities possessed that information.
“The key thing to watch now is how Washington reacts,” Sam Greene, Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London wrote on Twitter. “Will Trump push back hard, as previous presidents have? Or will he...throw Whelan under the bus?”
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