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Russia is trying to lure Trump into a dangerous prisoner swap over a Marine vet, intelligence officials say
Paul Whelan, the former U.S. Marine convicted on espionage charges in Moscow last week, will not pursue an appeal of his 16-year sentence and hopes instead to be returned to the U.S. in a prisoner swap, his lawyer said Tuesday
Russia sentences Marine vet accused of espionage to 16 years in prison
The US Ambassador to Russia called Whelan's imprisonment a "mockery of justice" and "an egregious violation of human rights."
Russia seeks 18-year jail term for Marine vet in spying trial
"The prosecution has made a very harsh demand, it's absolutely unjustified and groundless," his lawyer said. "To be honest, we're in shock."
The Former Marine Arrested By Russia Reportedly Tried To Steal Over $10,000 From The US Government While Serving In Iraq
Paul Whelan, the U.S. citizen and former Marine detained in Russia on espionage charges, was reportedly convicted of attempting to steal roughly ten grand from Uncle Sam while deployed to Iraq in 2006