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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pope Health Worries

WASHINGTON ? The U.S. State Department expressed concern Tuesday about the health of an American businessman who was arrested by Russian authorities four months ago on spy charges.

The health of Edmund Pope, a Pennsylvania businessman charged with stealing military secrets, appears to have deteriorated, spokesman Richard Boucher said.

He said U.S. officials have made clear to the Russian government that they bear the responsibility for the physical well-being of American citizens who are detained on their territory.

"We have also asked permission to visit Mr. Pope as soon as possible with a physician, in order to perform an independent examination of his health. But to date, the Russian officials have denied this request,?? Boucher said.