Jon Huntsman Jr. says Russians need to stop ‘playing games’ with accused U.S. spy


FILE – Ambassador Jon M. Huntsman Jr. is interviewed at the Spaso House in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Huntsman says the Russian government needs to stop “playing games” with a former U.S. Marine being held in Moscow on espionage charges.
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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Whelan family shows Paul Whelan in Iceland.
Courtesy of the Whelan Family, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. says the Russian government needs to stop “playing games” with a former U.S. Marine being held in Moscow on espionage charges.

“If the Russians had evidence, they should bring it forward. We have seen nothing. We have heard words about espionage, but I don’t think there’s a case there,” Huntsman told RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty in an interview Friday.

Russia’s domestic intelligence agency detained Paul Whelan, a corporate security executive, in late December and accused him of spying. A Moscow court has refused to release him on bail.

Huntsman, the top American official in Russia, has visited Whelan in prison.

“I think about his family every day. I think about him every day,” he said.

Huntsman said he hopes Whelan, who also has citizenship in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom, is released as soon as possible.

Courtesy of the Whelan Family, Associated Press

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