The former Marine still detained in Russia begged the Biden Administration to secure his release Thursday, saying not enough has been done to free him while speaking on CNN.
“I have to say I’m greatly disappointed that more has not been done to secure my release,” Whelan told CNN. “Especially as the four-year-anniversary of my arrest is coming up. I was arrested for a crime that never occurred.”
“I would say that if a message could go to President Biden, that, you know, this is a precarious situation that needs to be resolved quickly. And I would hope that he and his administration would do everything they could to get me home regardless of the price they may have to pay at this point.” (RELATED: ‘What The F*ck Are You Doing?’: Barstool Sports President Says Biden Got Fleeced Trading The ‘Merchant Of Death’)
Whelan also said he was shocked to learn he was not being freed.
“I was led to believe that things were moving in the right direction, and that the governments were negotiating and that something would happen fairly soon.”
Whelan was detained in December of 2018 by Russian authorities who alleged he was part of an intelligence operation. Whelan was convicted and sentenced in June of 2020 to 16 years in prison.