Who is Paul Whelan? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Career, Incident Detail, Instagram, Net Worth, Facts

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Paul Whelan is a corporate security director. He received a bad-conduct discharge from the Marine Corps. He was reported to have worked as a police officer. He was arrested in Russia on December 28, 2018, and accused of spying. On June 15, 2020, he received a 16-year prison sentence with the possibility of time in a labor camp. A Russian court sentenced an American Paul Whelan to 16 years in prison for spying, a conviction he dismissed as political.

Paul Whelan Age

Paul Whelan was Born on March 5, 1970 (age 50) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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According to a deposition Whelan gave in 2013, he was in law enforcement from 1988 to 2000 as a police officer in Chelsea, Michigan, and a sheriff’s deputy in Washtenaw. The Chelsea Police however said he worked in lesser roles and as a part-time officer from 1990 to 1996, while the Washtenaw County sheriff reported no record of his employment. A former colleague said he was a patrol officer from 1998 to 2000 in the Keego Harbor police department.

He was an IT manager for the Kelly Services staffing company from 2001[8] to 2003, and then 2008 to 2010. From 2010 to 2016 Whelan was Kelly Services’ senior manager of global security and operations.

He enlisted in the Marine Reserves in 1994. He took military leave from Kelly Services to serve with the Marine Corps Reserve in Iraq from 2003 to 2008. He held the rank of staff sergeant with Marine Air Control Group 38 working as an administrative clerk and administrative chief, and he was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After a court-martial conviction in January 2008 on multiple counts “related to larceny”, He has sentenced to 60 days restriction, reduction to pay grade E-4, and a bad-conduct discharge. The specific charges against him included attempting to steal more than $10,000 in 2006 in Iraq and using a false Social Security number to create a false account on a government computer system to grade his own examinations.

Personal Life

Paul Whelan was born in Ottawa, Canada, to British parents. He is a citizen of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. His twin brother David ascribed Paul’s acquisition of the passports to “probably a genealogical interest as much as anything”.

Paul Whelan has never married and was raised in the Ann Arbor area of Michigan where he and his twin brother David graduated from Huron High School in 1988. David said the family had not known Paul had a bad conduct discharge. In addition to his twin brother, Paul Whelan has a brother Andrew and a sister Elizabeth.

Paul Whelan lived in Novi, Michigan prior to detainment in Russia.


On December 28, 2018, Whelan was arrested in the Moscow area by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which later confirmed his arrest. Whelan’s twin brother David said Paul Whelan arrived in Moscow on December 22 to attend the wedding of a former fellow Marine at the Hotel Metropol Moscow and to assist the groom’s family members on their first visit to Russia, a country Paul Whelan has visited many times. He said his brother planned to return to Michigan on January 6 via Saint Petersburg. David said his brother entered Russia using his U.S. passport. He said his brother had not been in contact with his family. He was formally charged on January 3.

According to the Russian News Agency Rosbalt, Whelan was apprehended in his hotel room at the Metropol while meeting with a Russian citizen who handed him a USB drive containing “a list of all the employees at a classified security agency”. Whelan is being held in Moscow’s Lefortovo Prison.{{efn|Though he has been described as being held in “solitary confinement”, the prison’s program for new prisoners is more complex than simple isolation and changes after the first ten days. As of March 2019, he shared a cell with another prisoner who spoke no English.

Former CIA officers have stated that the CIA would not recruit an agent with Whelan’s military record, nor leave an agent exposed without a diplomatic passport. They further claim that Whelan’s arrest is connected to tensions between Russia and the United States, including the detention of confessed unregistered foreign agent Maria Butina.On December 20, 2018, when discussing Butina’s arrest, Putin stated that Russia “will not arrest innocent people simply to exchange them”.

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. met with Whelan on January 2, while Whelan was in Russian custody. He told Whelan’s family that Paul was “in good health and good spirits”, but that the family needed to supply all his incidental needs aside from basic foodstuffs.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: “We’ve made clear to the Russians our expectation that we will learn more about the charges, come to understand what it is he’s been accused of and if the detention is not appropriate, we will demand his immediate return.”On January 4, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “We don’t agree with individuals being used in diplomatic chess games… We are all extremely worried about him and his family.”As of January 4, British and Irish consular officials were seeking access to Whelan.

On January 3, Whelan’s attorney, Vladimir Zherebenko, said he was seeking his release on bail. He said a trial would not begin for at least six months, and that he would welcome an exchange of Whelan for Butina. He said: “I presume that he is innocent because, for now, I haven’t seen any evidence against him that would prove otherwise.”More than a fortnight later, Zherebenkov said Whelan had been unaware of the contents of the USB stick and believed it contained material solely of personal value such as “photographs, videos, anything at all, about his previous holiday in Russia.

On January 5, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that on the day after Whelan’s arrest the United States had detained a Russian citizen, Dmitry Makarenko, in the Northern Marianas and transported him to Florida to face charges of unauthorized export of defense equipment.

Paul Whelan convicted for spying

The Moscow court read on Monday the conviction of Paul Whelan for spying and sentenced him to 16 years in a maximum-security penal colony.

U.S. Embassy

Whelan insisted on his innocence, saying that he had been created. The U.S. Embassy has denounced Whelan’s trial as unfair, stating that no evidence has been provided.

Whelan’s brother David said the lawyers will appeal the verdict he denounced as a politician, adding in a statement that “the court ruling only completes the last part of this broken court case”.

“We expected the court to show some independence, but in the end, the Russian judges are political entities and not legal,” the statement said. “We hope the United States government will take immediate action to bring Paul home.”