Russia arrests a US ex-marine on suspicion of espionage in Moscow

January 3, 2019 | Brainwave Science



Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested a 48-year-old US citizen and corporate security director, Paul Whelan, on accusations of spying in Moscow on Friday. Russian Federal Security Service stated, Whelan was caught “during an espionage operation,” but gave no further details.

The mysterious arrest has drawn international attention and stimulated speculation about what may be prompted his detention.

According to Whelan’s family, Paul was an ex-Marine who traveled to Moscow for a wedding of another US Marine. His family believe his innocence is undoubted, and he is being framed because of the complex relationship between both the countries. His twin brother, David Whelan, said, “It is inconceivable that he would have done anything to break the law in Russia.”

Paul Whelan has been to Russia many occasions for work and personal business, and he flew to Moscow on December 22 to attend a wedding ceremony for a fellow former Marine and a Russian woman. Whelan served 14 years in the US Marine Corps Reserve and completed two tours in Iraq in 2004 and 2006. However, in 2008 he was discharged for bad conduct. He was accused of wrongfully using another person’s Social Security number and writing bad checks.

The family learned about Paul’s detention and bad-conduct discharge after media report emerged. Prominent Kremlin critic Bill Browder, the CEO, and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, tweeted Monday: ‏“Looks like Putin wants a hostage for leverage purposes. Generally, countries kick out suspected foreign spies, not arrest them.”

US State Department officials reported they had received formal notification of the detention from the Russian foreign ministry and were pushing for consular access. US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr., visited Whelan at the Russian prison and expressed support and help for Whelan.

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, stated if the detention is not appropriate, we will demand his immediate return.


UK’s former ambassador to Moscow said the relationship between the United States and Russia is more “dangerous” now than it has been any point since the end of the Cold War. However, the end of the Cold War gave both the countries new opportunities to cooperate, but since the United States has faced immense national security threat from Kremlin especially through espionage.

The deep crisis in US-Russian relations has developed into a serious challenge to global security as both the country play a major role in global welfare. Russia has been repeatedly accused of getting illegally intelligence and infiltrating the US government, however, the Russian government always rejected such accusations and US law enforcement agencies couldn’t prove the involvement.

Whelan’s arrest comes as US-Russian ties are severely twisted, in part over Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Maria Butina, who recently pleaded guilty in US federal court as she admitted she acted as a secret agent for the Kremlin is trying to infiltrate conservative US political group during the presidency. But the question is Whelan’s arrest would act as a bargaining chip for the Russian government response to Butina’s release?

According to Samantha Vinograd, former National Security analyst, Vladimir Putin controls law enforcement in Russia as he controls the courts and he controls propaganda. It is highly possible that Whelan’s guilty could be proven through fabricated evidence. The United States needs to think out-of-box in the term of forensic technology to reveal the absolute truth about Whelan’s intention without any error.


It is understood that the quest between the US and Russia for global recognition as a supreme power after World War II have triggered destabilization on the global arena. Both countries, irrespective of US president Trump praising Putin and fighting terrorism together, have been an on the war for decades. This war is to gain confidential information about the potential enemy before the table turns and Russia has always been aggressive about this strategy.

Whelan’s case demonstrates precisely why the US can’t choose the weaker option- a potential swap and must find an appropriate mean that would reveal the truth without any possibility of error. As the existing conventional investigative tools like interrogations or polygraph which are opted by Russian law enforcement personnel in such National Security matter to gain specific information or confession, do not guarantee accurate results and can easily be manipulated by perpetrators or investigators.

Brainwave Science has developed advanced neuroscience-based forensic technology called iCognative to answer the call for such a huge National Security challenges. US State Department must make a case for the immediate release of Whelan and to prove his innocence should give a shot to impeccably accurate and unbeatable iCognative technology.

 iCognative provides scientific and legal means for law enforcement personnel to tap inside the human brain and reveal what specific crime-related information the suspect possesses without any possibility of error.

iCognative is the most valuable and reliable neuroscience-based technology present in the security market that guarantees a high success rate and results in cases of such espionage acts when all the necessary intelligence is stored inside the suspect’s brain. iCognative is based on the scientifically proven and globally accepted P300 and P300-MERMER brain responses, which accurately determine whether a suspect’s brain possesses specific information or not by using a non-invasive proprietary headset to record and analyze brainwaves. These brain responses only activate if the suspect’s brain possesses specific crime-related information and this would reveal the truth about Whelan i.e. whether he is a spy or innocent.

The US government can demand Russian National Security agencies to deploy iCognative, torture-free technology, in order to determine the truth. A 45-minutes iCognative test when utilized by Russian law enforcement agencies on Whelan would reveal his true identity, determine whether he was present in Russia for a wedding or some criminal act, was he spying on Russia and the most important question is the innocent with over 99% accuracy? All the investigative details related to Whelan case is uploaded into the iCognative system protocol. The system records and analyzes the brainwave responses when case related and confidential information (called Stimuli) is flashed to the Paul Whelan on a digital screen in the form of phrases, words or pictures. With over 99% accuracy, iCognative technology determines whether Whelan possesses specific crime-related information or not.  This technology can provide the truth about Whelan to both the country with satisfaction that no other existing conventional technology could do that.

iCognative is the only available technology provided by Brainwave Science that can act as peaceful investigative tools in such a crucial time.  iCognative technology provides the key to law enforcement agencies around the globe to protect themselves from external and internal threats like espionage, terrorism, cyber-crime, human trafficking, border security, and other crimes.

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