Russian officials detained Paul Whelan in December, accusing him of having a flash drive containing state secrets. Whelan says he thought they were vacation photos.
His request to be placed under home detention was denied. Whelan instead was ordered to remain isolated in a Russian prison for the next three months, where he claims interrogators are trying to coerce him into confessing to being a spy.
U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton tweeted that he had met recently with Whelan’s sister, adding that the U.S. was working to support the captured American and that Russia had “provided no evidence of any wrongdoing.” But he did not say Whelan was being held illegally or improperly. Now Whelan’s twin brother, David Whelan, tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter the future for his detained brother remains murky.