A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying called on U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain, Canada and Ireland’s leaders to help him as he appeared in court on Thursday, Interfax news agency reported.

Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28 and accused of espionage. He had been given a flash drive that his lawyer said Whelan thought contained holiday photos, but that actually held classified information.

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