[Paul Whelan] Continue the Fight

David Whelan davidpwhelan at gmail.com
Tue May 24 09:37:43 EDT 2022

We are overwhelmed by Trevor Reed's kindness to speak out about Paul's case
and the urgency with which the US government needs to move to bring Paul
home.  And we are incredibly grateful to all of you for continuing to
report on Paul's case.  If we are to respond to the State Department's
request to "make noise", you are our only amplifier.

The stories Trevor related echo so much of what Paul has told us in letters
and phone calls.  As our mum said:  "*It was interesting to hear Trevor
describing things [Paul has mentioned], like the whole fish **for dinner!*"
Russia's prisoners from any nation are kept in the same horrible
conditions.  Every day this injustice continues is another day Paul has to
suffer and to continue to focus on his survival in a place, a nation, that
has no interest in whether any individual survives or not.

Paul was grateful for Trevor's support too.  We were able to ask Paul to
share a statement with us, through a phone call to our parents.  Elizabeth
and I were in Washington and able to do some interviews and share some of
the statement.  Here is Paul's full statement:

" *‘Hostage diplomacy’ is the only explanation for my forty-plus months
detention by the Russians.  I did not commit espionage, nor am I an agent,
secret or otherwise, for the Defense Intelligence Agency … forget the
nonsense about being a General.  This preposterous story demonstrates how
desperate Russia has become in matters of foreign affairs.*

*Russia’s prisons are Third World at best … we would not allow animals to
live under the same conditions.  Death by guards’ continuous corruption is
ever-present, medical care non-existent … never mind rehabilitation for
prisoners, many of whom are serving long draconian sentences for minor
crimes.  The sole purpose of these prison camps is slave labor.  This is a
disintegrating experience for mind, body and soul.President Biden promised
to bring me home, and I could really use the plane ticket the Ukrainian
President turned down.  I need the White House to take decisive action to
secure my release – top level action – and there is no better time than the
present.My bags are packed, Mr. President!  Thank you!" *[Paul Whelan, May
21, 2022, in a phone call to our parents]

Paul has been a Russian hostage for 1,243 days, 41 months as of this coming
Saturday.  Paul continues his fight to survive in a hostile environment.
We hope President Biden won't make him fight for too much longer.

Best, David.

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