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Russia's arrest of Paul Whelan is a repayment for Maria Butina, CIA Veterans Say



Russia says it has arrested a US citizen who is spying in his country. Former CIA officers, however, say the American detention is far from having a counterintelligence counterintelligence, most likely a payback for the US arrest of the well-known Russian agent Maria Butina.

In a brief statement on Monday, Russian news agency Tass said that American American Paul Whelan was arrested "in Moscow during a spy mission" and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of up to 20 years. A State Department spokesman said the ministry had "been formally informed about the detention," and requested access to Whelan.

"That was not planned yesterday, it was probably scheduled back after [Butina] was arrested," said Dan Hoffman, a former head of Moscow's CIA station, to The Daily Beast. "They want to scare off future US action against other private citizens."

Butina pleaded guilty last month to act as unregistered agent for Moscow, and signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Justice back channel between Kremlin officials and Republican activists during the 201

6 presidential campaign. Russian officials have a number in the US State Department Submitted by protests over detention conditions (she spent weeks in solitary confinement), and President Vladimir Putin said his secret services had no association with her.


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