American accused of espionage appears in Moscow court

Ex-Marine Paul Whelan will remain behind bars in Russia.
1:42 | 01/22/19

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Hello I'm passionate revote here in Moscow now this is the first time that we've seen poll Wheeler and since he was arrested on espionage charges about three weeks ago he was in the court behind me. For a bail hearing we Sorin in a glass cage in the courtroom. Now we aliens Russian lawyer actually dropped a bombshell while we were here he told reporters that when we them was arrested he was found. With state secrets. The lawyer said that that we even had not. Realized he was receiving classified material according to the Loya. Someone gave Wheeler and a device which he expected to contain simply personal files ones relating to his tourism in Russia. Instead they can say it contains. These state secrets now the August erase the question of why someone would have done that who we and his lawyer refused to say that he could have been the victim of a sets out. He also wouldn't say what was in. These are what what these state secrets. Work now former US intelligence officials have been previously saying that they they fear. Wheeling could it be in the Nixon and a set up and although he wouldn't say that obviously is what. That the Russian lawyers woods seemed to imply we let his family have have always denied that he could be a spy. In the end the judge rejects it the request to release Sweden on bail he will now remain in a prison here in Moscow awaiting trial lawyers said that could mean he will be in custody for at least six months many fair. Well many say that that could be much longer. Thanks for watching I'm passionate regal you're watching ABC news life.

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