BAKU, Azerbaijan – President Dmitry Medvedev's top foreign policy aide says a former Soviet military officer extradited to the U.S. for possible illegal weapons trade has no military secrets.
Sergei Prikhodko said in televised remarks Thursday that Russia "has nothing to hide" and that there are "no secrets, military or otherwise" that Viktor Bout could pass to the Americans.
Russian security analysts believe Bout could have information on complicity of Russian officials in some of his alleged arms deals, and may even hold military intelligence useful to Washington.
Bout was arrested in 2008 in Thailand during a sting operation by undercover U.S. agents. He was extradited this week to the U.S. despite protests from Russia.