Ex-US Marine Paul Whelan Held In Russia For Spying Was Misled, Says Lawyer


Rosbalt cited an unnamed Russian intelligence source as saying that Whelan had been spying for 10 years.

MOSCOW: 

The lawyer for a former U.S. marine accused of spying by Russia said on Tuesday that his client had been misled before his arrest and believed that a thumb drive handed to him in a hotel room had contained holiday snaps rather than secret information.

Russia’s Federal Security Serviced detained Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28.

Whelan appeared in a Moscow court on Tuesday, where a judge rejected a release on bail. If found guilty of espionage, he could be jailed for up to 20 years.

Whelan, who denies the charges, was detained after receiving a thumb drive containing a list of all the employees of a secret Russian state agency, the Russian online news portal Rosbalt.ru reported this month.

Rosbalt cited an unnamed Russian intelligence source as saying that Whelan had been spying for 10 years, using the internet to identify targets from whom he could obtain information, and that the list he was caught with had long been of interest to U.S. spies.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov appeared to support that version of events, later telling reporters Whelan had been “caught red-handed” carrying out “specific illegal actions” in his hotel room.

But Vladimir Zherebenkov, Whelan’s lawyer, said on Tuesday that his client had accepted the information unknowingly.

“Paul was actually meant to receive information from an individual that was not classified,” Zherebenkov told reporters.

“These were cultural things, a trip to a cathedral, Paul’s holiday … photographs. But as it turned out, it (the thumb drive) contained classified information.”

The lawyer said Whelan had not been able to see what was on the thumb drive because he had been detained before he had a chance to do so.

Wearing a blue shirt and dark trousers, he looked calm but sombre as he stood inside a glass cage in the courtroom.

The hearing was closed to reporters, but his lawyer said afterwards that Whelan had made a 15-minute speech rejecting the allegations against him in detail.

The lawyer declined to clarify if Whelan had known the individual who handed him the information.

He said Whelan had been experiencing some minor health problems in custody and was receiving treatment.

Whelan’s family have said he is innocent and was in Moscow to attend a wedding.

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WWE’s Paul Heyman’s Tweet Citing “Amazing” MS Dhoni Leaves Fans In Splits


Following MS Dhoni’s heroics against Australia on Friday, the official handle of the Cricket World Cup heaped praised on the former India captain.

Paul Heyman was one of the many who replied to the tweet but the hilarious nature of his reply left fans in splits.

Some fans were taken aback by Heyman’s reference to Dhoni while others imagined him introducing the former India captain.

On Friday, MS Dhoni once again showed his worth to the Indian team with the bat in hand as he took the visitors to a thrilling seven-wicket win.

The former India captain also became the only the fourth Indian to score 1,000 ODI runs on Australian soil after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Going into the decider at MCG, Dhoni needed 36 runs to reach this milestone. Not only did he achieve the landmark, he was crucial to India’s cause as the visitors chased 231 to win the match and the three-match series.

Dhoni scored three consecutive half-centuries to take his total tally to 193 runs in three matches at an average of 193 and a strike rate of 73.10. Dhoni was adjudged Man of the Series for his brilliant performance.





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WWE’s Paul Heyman’s Tweet Citing “Amazing” MS Dhoni Leaves Fans In Splits


Following MS Dhoni’s heroics against Australia on Friday, the official handle of the Cricket World Cup heaped praised on the former India captain.

Paul Heyman was one of the many who replied to the tweet but the hilarious nature of his reply left fans in splits.

Some fans were taken aback by Heyman’s reference to Dhoni while others imagined him introducing the former India captain.

On Friday, MS Dhoni once again showed his worth to the Indian team with the bat in hand as he took the visitors to a thrilling seven-wicket win.

The former India captain also became the only the fourth Indian to score 1,000 ODI runs on Australian soil after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Going into the decider at MCG, Dhoni needed 36 runs to reach this milestone. Not only did he achieve the landmark, he was crucial to India’s cause as the visitors chased 231 to win the match and the three-match series.

Dhoni scored three consecutive half-centuries to take his total tally to 193 runs in three matches at an average of 193 and a strike rate of 73.10. Dhoni was adjudged Man of the Series for his brilliant performance.





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Russia Says It Caught Paul Whelan, Former US Marine Accused Of Spying Red-Handed


Paul Whelan’s family is insisting that he is innocent and was in Russia for a wedding.

Moscow: 

Russia said on Wednesday that it had caught former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, who is being held in Russia on spying charges, while he was in the act of carrying out illegal activities in his Moscow hotel room.

Whelan, a former U.S. marine who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by Russia’s Federal Security Service on Dec. 28.

His family say he is innocent and that he was in Moscow to attend a wedding. Whelan faces up to 20 years in jail if found guilty of espionage.

“He was caught red-handed,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday during a news conference.

“He was detained at the moment he was carrying out specific illegal actions in his hotel.”

Russian online news portal Rosbalt.ru earlier this month cited an unnamed Russian intelligence source as saying that Whelan had been detained five minutes after receiving a thumb drive containing a list of all the employees of a secret Russian state agency.

The same source was quoted as saying that Whelan had been spying for 10 years using the internet to identify targets from whom he could obtain information and that the employee list he was caught with had long been of interest to U.S. spies.

Lavrov said the investigation into Whelan continued and his detention was not motivated by any desire to try to exchange him for Russian citizens held in the United States.

He said Russia would allow U.S. diplomats to visit Whelan for a second time and that an Irish diplomat was also due to meet him soon.

 

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Family Of American Man Arrested Paul Whelan In Russia Spy Mission Say Innocence Undoubted


Paul Whelan’s brother said he was in Russia’s Moscow for a fellow Marine’s wedding. (File)

MOSCOW: 

The family of an American arrested in Russia on espionage charges said on Tuesday that he is innocent and that they fear for his safety.

Paul Whelan, a 48-year-old retired Marine, was detained last week by Russia’s domestic security services while he was in Moscow for what they described as a “spy mission.”

“We are deeply concerned for his safety and well-being,” his family said in a statement. “His innocence is undoubted and we trust that his rights will be respected.”

Whelan’s twin brother, David, said Paul was in Moscow for a wedding of a fellow Marine, which took place at an upscale hotel in central Moscow on Dec. 28, the day he was detained.

“It is inconceivable to me that he would have done anything to break the law in Russia,” David Whelan told The Washington Post.

By Russian law, foreigners found guilty of spying on Russia face between 10 and 20 years in jail.

A member of the U.S. government should have visited Whelan in detention by now, according to Russia’s obligations under the Vienna Convention, which dictates that consular access must be provided within a 72-hour window from the time of arrest.

But the U.S. government shutdown may have hindered this process, said a person familiar with Whelan’s case, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

Although U.S. embassies are not closed during the shutdown, they are working with reduced staff. The person added that it could take months before the case is resolved.

Whelan’s arrest comes as tensions between Washington and Moscow continue to escalate over issues including election interference, the crises in Syria and Ukraine, and the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.

Whelan works as the corporate security director for BorgWarner, an automotive parts supplier based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, that has business contracts in Russia.

“BorgWarner has been in contact with the relevant U.S. Government authorities in order to help our employee and the U.S. government,” the company said in a statement.

Whelan is a regular visitor to Russia. According to Whelan’s brother and Russian acquaintances reached by The Post, he has been visiting Russia since 2007.

He enlisted in the Marines in 1994 and rose through the ranks to become a staff sergeant, serving two tours in Iraq, in 2004 and 2006, according to military records released to The Post. Whelan was discharged for bad conduct in 2008 after being convicted of several charges related to larceny, according to the records.

Several Russian acquaintances described Whelan as a friendly man who greatly appreciated Russia and had a basic command of the language.

An acquaintance in St. Petersburg said the pair had made plans to meet in that city around Jan. 1, but contact with the American abruptly stopped on the day of his arrest.

The timing of Whelan’s arrest – coming weeks after Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina pleaded guilty to Kremlin interference in the United States – has raised questions about a potential swap. The two countries do not have an extradition treaty.

The arrest and guilty plea by Butina, 30, has become a sharp thorn in the side of U.S.-Russian relations. Butina is the first Russian national to be convicted of seeking to influence U.S. policy in the 2016 election campaign. Moscow has gone to great lengths to paint her as a political prisoner.

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Three Easy Points For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer As Paul Pogba Stars Again In Manchester United Win


Nathan Ake pulled a goal back for Bournemouth just before half-time, but Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to round off the scoring before Eric Bailly was shown a late red card to leave United to finish with 10 men.

The change in mood around United in the 12 days since Mourinho was sacked is palpable, no more so in the performances of Pogba who was discarded from the Portuguese’s starting line-up for his final three league games in charge.

The French World Cup winner played a part in four of United’s five goals at Cardiff last weekend to get Solskjaer off to a flying start before scoring twice against Huddersfield on Boxing Day.

Solskjaer has spoken of his desire to see Pogba break into the box more regularly and he had the simplest of tasks to prod the ball into an empty net after Rashford had bewildered the Bournemouth defence.

Ake and Diego Rico were left beaten by Rashford’s combination of fleet-footed dribbling and pace before his cross perfectly picked out Pogba’s run.

The roles were reversed 10 minutes later when this time Pogba’s header teed up Rashford for a powerful strike that was deflected just behind.

However, in stark contrast to the final days of Mourinho’s tenure, it seemed only a matter of time before United struck again and once more it was Pogba who provided the finish with a bullet header from Ander Herrera’s cross.

Unlike Pogba, Nemanja Matic was one of Mourinho’s most trusted lieutenants but the Serbian has also epitomised the change in tack orchestrated by Solskjaer with the former Chelsea midfielder much more willing to look for a forward rather than sideways pass.

And Matic began the move for United’s third when he picked out Anthony Martial’s run and the Frenchman’s cross with the outside of his boot was turned home by Rashford.

For all the improvements of late, though, Solskjaer is still waiting for a first clean sheet since November as Ake beat Matic to power home David Brooks’s cross.

Rashford should have added to his tally when put clean through by Pogba, but didn’t get enough elevation on his attempted chip over Asmir Begovic before making way for Lukaku 20 minutes from time.

And the Belgian netted almost instantly when he squeezed the ball past Begovic on his weaker right foot from another Pogba pass.

Only the post then denied Pogba a first ever hat-trick when his low strike from the edge of the box came off the woodwork.

But United had to see out the final 11 minutes a man light after Bailly needlessly lunged in on Ryan Fraser to see a straight red card.



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Keemo Paul, Evin Lewis Hand Windies T20I Series Win Against Bangladesh


Opener Liton Das, Bangladesh’s highest scorer with 43 off 25, gave the hosts a strong start but they lost their way after an umpiring gaffe appeared to have broken their concentration.

In the fourth over of the innings, Bangladeshi umpire Tanvir Ahmed called a no-ball when Liton spooned a catch to Shimron Hetmyer at mid-off.

But TV replays showed Oshane Thomas had bowled a legitimate delivery, leaving Carlos Brathwaite furious.

The West Indies skipper immediately asked for a review, which halted the game for nearly 10 minutes.

Match officials eventually upheld the decision of umpire Ahmed after long discussion, but Bangladesh collapsed and were soon all out in 17 overs.

“I am very happy. We wanted to be aggressive and we wanted to be positive. In all three matches, we have batted really well,” Brathwaite said.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib lamented their poor batting.

“The way we came back with the ball was terrific. I think it was… (a) 180-run wicket. With the bat we were not sure how to go about our business,” he said.

Earlier, Lewis set the West Indies up for victory with a blistering innings, which included six fours and eight sixes — four of the sixes in one over — until he was dismissed by Mahmudullah.

Sent in to bat by Bangladesh, openers Lewis and Shai Hope put on 76 runs in just five overs for the visitors before left-arm spinner Shakib and pace bowler Mustafizur struck.

Shakib bowled Hope for 23 while Mustafizur removed Paul for two, but Lewis continued his onslaught, racing to 50 off just 18 balls.

Mahmudullah, who finished with 3-18, trapped Shimron Hetmyer leg-before for a duck right after he bowled Lewis, slowing the West Indies scoring spree.

Nicholas Pooran added 29 off 24 balls down the order but Bangladesh did well in the final overs to contain the tourists.

The West Indies were 176-5 after 16 overs but lost their last five wickets for just 14 runs, folding in 19.2 overs.

Mustafizur Rahman claimed 3-33 and Shakib finished with 3-37 in the Bangladesh fightback.

Bangladesh won the preceding Test series and one-day international series 2-0 and 2-1 respectively.



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Ex-Trump Campaign Head Paul Manafort Denies Ever Meeting With WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange


In the Guardian’s story, the paper reported that Manafort held secret talks with Assange

Washington: 

President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, staunchly denied ever meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday, after the Guardian newspaper published a story alleging the two met at least three times, including once in 2016.

“This story is totally false and deliberately libelous. I have never met Julian Assange or anyone connected to him,” Manafort said through a spokesman.

“We are considering all legal options against the Guardian, who proceeded with this story even after being notified by my representatives that it was false.”

Manafort’s statement came one day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office told a federal judge that Manafort had breached his plea agreement by lying repeatedly to the FBI despite pledging to cooperate with the probe.

In the same court filing, Manafort denied lying, but both sides agreed the court should move ahead and set a date to sentence him for his crimes.

Prosecutors said they plan to file a report before sentencing laying out the alleged crimes Manafort committed after pleading guilty in September.

The surprise development came as Mueller is working toward finalising a report on his probe into whether Russia and Trump’s campaign colluded in the 2016 presidential election.

Part of that probe has involved looking into whether any of Trump’s associates may have had advance notice before WikiLeaks published emails stolen by Russian hackers from Democratic computer networks to damage Trump rival Hillary Clinton.

In recent months, Mueller’s team has subpoenaed associates of Trump’s political adviser and Manafort’s former business partner, Roger Stone, who has denied having access to the emails.

In the Guardian’s story published on Tuesday, the paper reported that Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuador’s embassy in London in 2013, 2015 and March 2016 – before the damaging emails were released months later.

WikiLeaks also denounced the story on Twitter Tuesday, saying it was “willing to bet the Guardian a million dollars and its editor’s head that Manafort never met Assange.”

It also reported that it has launched a legal fund to sue the newspaper for publishing a “fabricated story.”

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Ex-Manchester United Star Reveals Why Sir Alex Ferguson Snubbed Paul Pogba


After David de Gea, Paul Pogba is arguably Manchester United’s most important player. However, in his first stint with the English giants, as a 19-year-old in 2012, Pogba due to a lack of opportunities and trust from first-team boss Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United to move to Italian club Juventus. Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has revealed that, in 2012 under Ferguson, Pogba was not disciplined enough to play in central midfield for the reserves, never mind the first team.

“The first time I spent out with my illness I did a spell coaching the reserve team when it included (Paul) Pogba, (Jesse) Lingard, (Ravel) Morrison and we played him higher up the pitch in attacking areas,” Fletcher said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football coverage of Huddersfield’s win over Fulham.

“We felt like he was the one who would win us game, coupled with the fact he has ill-disciplined in the middle of the park.

“It goes back to a famous game when we felt like he left off the back against Blackburn. Paul was on the bench and the boss picked Park Ji-Sung and Phil Jones in midfield. We didn’t think he was disciplined enough for the reserve team never mind the first team at that time,” added Fletcher, who is currently playing for Stoke City.

Under current Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, Pogba has got a lot of game time but in a much deeper role than what he was used to in Juventus.

The Frenchman has failed to set the stage alight and his inconsistent performances has seen his relationship with the Portuguese coach deteriorate, so much so that there was even talk of him moving to Barcelona early this summer.

“I like to see him in the final third and creating things,” said Fletcher.

“He played for Juventus (on the left) and I spoke before about his connection with (Anthony) Martial. Pogba can easily drift out wide. He can also get in the box, he’s a big lad. I’d love to see him with a bit more freedom to express himself.”

Despite an underwhelming performance for much of the Premier League match against Bournemouth, Pogba provided the assist for Marcus Rashford’s late goal that gave United a crucial 2-1 win over Bournemouth.

The Frenchman will now travel to his old club Juventus for a Champions League match. Manchester United were outplayed by the Italian champions at Old Trafford and would be hoping for a much better performance this time around.



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