Two Belarussian “sex teachers” being held in a Bangkok prison recently claimed that they have information on Russian meddling in the 2016 American presidential election.
Now, CNN reports that the FBI has reached out to the Thai Immigration Bureau in hopes of getting hold of the two foreign nationals in question, Anastasia Vashukevich and Alexander Kirillov, aliases Nastya Rybka and Alex Lesley respectively.
The move from the bureau seems to indicate that investigators believe there is at least some chance that the prisoners have valuable information regarding Russian efforts to elect Donald Trump.
Thai officials have so far denied the request though, stating that only the families of the prisoners or their lawyers are allowed such contact. The imprisoned couple claims that their arrest was orchestrated behind the scenes by the Russian government in an attempt to muzzle them. Vashukevich claims to have audio recordings and photographs to support her claims.
Last month, the detainees sent a handwritten letter to the U.S. Embassy looking for assistance in return for sharing what they know after they were locked up for conducting sex education seminars without proper permits.
Vashukevich claims that she was the mistress of a powerful Russian oligarch named Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire known for his connections to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. Vashukevich also claims she witnessed Deripaska meeting with unspecified Americans and discussing their role in the 2016 election.
There is, of course, the chance that the prisoners are lying and that this is simply a desperate bid on their part to extricate themselves from Thai custody, but if it turns out to be true, it could prove to be another key piece of the puzzle that special counsel Robert Mueller is assembling behind the scenes.
Hopefully, the FBI is able to meet with the two Belarussians soon. The American people deserve answers.