Novi Man Accused of Spying in Russia Pleads for Trump to Intervene

June 20, 2019, 12:18 PM

Paul Whelan

Appealing to the president's campaign slogan about keeping America great, accused spy Paul Whelan appealed Thursday to President Donald Trump to intervene in his case in Russia, saying he's a "political kidnapping" victim, the Detroit Free Press reports.

From inside a glass enclosure in a Moscow City Court, the 49-year-old Novi resident said via reporters:

“Mr. President, we cannot keep America great unless we aggressively protect American citizens wherever they are in the world," he said, and urged the president to tweet about his intentions.

To date, Trump has remained quiet about the case.

Whelan, a former Marine who was the director of global security for the Auburn Hills-based auto supplier BorgWarner, was arrested in his Moscow hotel in December and accused of spying. 

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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