JUDGE ORDERS ACCUSED RUSSIAN AGENT JAILED
A judge on Wednesday ordered an accused Russian agent jailed until her trial after U.S. prosecutors argued she has ties to Russian intelligence and could fl ee the United States. Prosecutors have not charged the agent they identifi ed as Maria Butina with espionage, but said she had been in contact with Russian intelligence operatives and kept contact information for several Russian agents. During a preliminary hearing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the lead prosecutor in the case showed a photo of Butina in a Washington restaurant meeting with someone whom they believe is a Russian intelligence agent. The 29-year-old former American University graduate student wore an orange prison jumpsuit in court and showed no emotion as her lawyer entered a not-guilty plea. Butina’s next court appearance was scheduled for July 24. The government also displayed a copy of a handwritten note uncovered by the FBI at Butina’s apartment asking how to respond to an employment off er from a Russian intelligence agency, as well as a photo of her standing in front of the U.S. Capitol on the day Donald Trump was sworn in as president.