>> A US citizen accused of spying in Russia was in possession of classified material when he was arrested. But may not have realized it. That's according to the lawyer for Paul Whelan. An ex US marine who was arrested in a Moscow hotel room last month on espionage charges.
On Tuesday, he appeared in public for the first time since his arrest for a court hearing. Where a judge rejected a request for him to be let out on bail. His lawyer spoke outside the court following the hearing.>>
> Paul received a thumb drive containing information classified as a state secret.
Paul gave a big speech where he said everything in detail, he rejected the allegations.>>
Paul was actually meant to receive information from an individual that was not classified. These were cultural things, trip to a cathedral, Paul's holiday.>> Russian news site Rosbalt reported that the flash drive contained a list of employees in a secret Russian state agency. His lawyer said that Whelan didn't see what was on the thumb drive.
Because he'd been arrested before he even had a chance to look at it. The lawyer, however, declined to clarify if Whelan knew the person who handed him the thumb drive. Whelan denies he's a spy and says he was in Moscow for a wedding, if found guilty, he faces up to 20 years in prison.