Accused spy Paul Whelan (right) and his lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov (left, back) and an unidentified woman confer during a hearing of an appeal on his arrest at the Moscow City Court on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Alleged US spy Paul Whelan was unwittingly carrying Russian state secrets on flash drive, his lawyer says

  • Paul Whelan’s Russian lawyer says his client was given a flash drive he expected to contain travel information, but instead it contained state secrets
  • The lawyer says Whelan did not know about the files and never opened them, and the identity of the person who provided the flash drive was not revealed
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Accused spy Paul Whelan (right) and his lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov (left, back) and an unidentified woman confer during a hearing of an appeal on his arrest at the Moscow City Court on Tuesday. Photo: EPA
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