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US citizen, Paul Whelan, arrested in Russia by the FSB on espionage charges apnews.com/ef4070df540944…
Paul Whelan is a retired Marine who was visiting Russia for a wedding.
just what I suspected

Russia’s Arrest of American Is Payback for Maria Butina, CIA Veterans Say thedailybeast.com/russias-arrest… via @thedailybeast
Fmr CIA Russia Chief, @StevenLHall1 says 🇷🇺 is known for detaining/accusing foreign diplomats, businessmen, academics of spying but they usually try to get something from them b4 making them PNG.

Whelan’s arrest came w/ charge+incarceration, which means it’s prob about Butina.
Fmr CIA officer @john_sipher, who served in Russia, said it’s highly unlikely Whelan is associated with US Intelligence,

“We would never leave a real intelligence officer vulnerable to arrest, and give Putin a weapon to trade for someone like Ames, Hanssen or Butina.”
Just 8 days before arresting #PaulWhelan, Putin said Russia would "not arrest innocent people simply to exchange them for someone else later on."

rferl.org/a/russia-fsb-s…
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