Thursday, July 28, 2022

US Offers Russian Arms Trafficker In Exchange for Brittney Griner

This week WNBA player Brittney Griner testified in Russian court after being arrested back in February on drug charges [click here if you missed that]. 

Now insiders are claiming the Biden administration is offering a Russian arms dealer in exchange for Brittney in a prisoner swap...

From CNN
After months of internal debate, the Biden administration has offered to exchange Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year US prison sentence, as part of a potential deal to secure the release of two Americans held by Russia, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, according to people briefed on the matter.
These sources told CNN that the plan to trade Bout for Whelan and Griner received the backing of President Joe Biden after being under discussion since earlier this year. Biden's support for the swap overrides opposition from the Department of Justice, which is generally against prisoner trades.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that "so far, there is no agreement on this issue."