An American request for bail was rejected by the Russian court on Tuesday. Instead of bail, the court extended the American’s pre-trial detention on charges of espionage against Russia, according to ”Interfax”, reportedly caught Paul Whelan “red-handed” in an attempt to recruit Russian citizens to provide U.S. intelligence.
Vladimir Zherebenkov, a Russian lawyer representing Whelan’s interests in Moscow, told CBS News on Tuesday before the hearing that the American was found in his hotel room with a flash drive that contains state secrets. But the Russian lawyer did not explain how exactly Whelan got the information about the state secrets. Whelan did not know that this material was perceived as confidential by the Russian government.