National security expert Malcolm Nance told MSNBC on Thursday that alleged Russian spy Maria Butina will gladly throw her network under the bus with her guilty plea, since the rewards are so great.
“The reason I think she’s pleading guilty is because one, she’s never going to get out of the United States if U.S. law enforcement draw her as a spy,” Nance said, pointing to Butina’s legal jeopardy. “She has had liaison with Russia’s foreign ministry, she’s had diplomatic meetings while she was in jail.”
“It’s easier for her to burn the network that she had in order to see that she gets a sweetheart deal and deportation (from) the United States, where they will laud her as a hero of the Russian Federation,” he continued. “I think she will give up all those Americans she manipulated to get to Donald Trump.”
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