Magazine article Insight on the News

Clinton Promises to Help Free American Businessman Jailed in Russia

Magazine article Insight on the News

Clinton Promises to Help Free American Businessman Jailed in Russia

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Under increasing criticism for administration inaction in securing the release of U.S. businessman Edmond Pope from a KGB prison, President Clinton has promised to do all he can to free the retired Navy officer.

News alert! has learned that Clinton made the pledge on July 10 in a half-hour meeting with Pope's wife, Cheryl, during a National Governors' Association conference at Penn State University, where the president delivered a speech.

Cheryl Pope is a Penn State employee and was one of the organizers of the conference.

The Russian secret police arrested Pope early in April, accusing him of espionage. He has denied the allegation, saying that the torpedo technology on which he is accused of spying is available commercially on the open market from Russia's state-owned arms-export agency. U.S. intelligence sources tell news alert! that Pope, who was completely open with the Russians about having once served in naval intelligence, is not a spy.

Some sources have suggested that Russian authorities ordered Pope's arrest to divert attention from a high-profile political scandal in which the Russian Supreme Court ruled that the security forces illegally had persecuted a retired Russian navy officer, Alexander Nikitin, for his environmental work. …

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