2. Russian intelligence gathering
Bout is a former Soviet intelligence officer and likely has extensive ties to Russia‚Äôs current security apparatus. Russia‚Äôs vehement opposition to the extradition of Bout may be based on the fear that he could disclose military secrets, such as how Russia gathers intelligence in countries where Bout operated. The Pentagon also wants to get as clear a picture as possible of where power lies in Russia‚Äôs civil and military circles.