(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – A US official says that former WNBA star Brittney Griner was freed by Russia in exchange for a well-known Russian arms dealer named Viktor Bout.
BREAKING: Pres. Biden: "I spoke with Brittney Griner. She's safe. She's on a plane. She's on her way home…Brittney will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones — and she should have been there all along." https://t.co/MNTPJl3YT4 pic.twitter.com/3NszvTfnyX
— ABC News (@ABC) December 8, 2022
In February, woke WNBA Brittney Griner was arrested by Russian authorities and pleaded guilty to having cannabis vape cartridges at an airport near Moscow.
In Russia, it is illegal to have more than seven grams of marijuana. The penalty for carrying illicit drugs can be “corrective labor” for up to two years.
But Griner was charged with smuggling marijuana into Russia, which can get you five to ten years in prison. After her trial, Griner got nine years in prison.
Brittney Griner, the U.S. basketball star convicted in Russia on drug charges, is expected to be sent to a penal colony after a Russian appeals court upheld her nine-year sentence, raising pressure on the U.S. to negotiate her release. https://t.co/QfLh0WTTaA pic.twitter.com/L0bieDeMc9
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 25, 2022
So Griner could be freed, President Joe Biden let Bout out of prison and sent him back to Russia. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2011.
It was said that the prisoner swap had been negotiated since last Thursday.
Back in August, there were rumors that Bout might be a prisoner worth trading. Critics of the deal said Bout should stay in jail because he is one of the most dangerous criminals in the world: Breitbart News wrote about Bout’s background:
“Nicknamed the “Merchant of Death,” Bout is a flamboyant arms dealer in his mid-50s with Russian military training. He became a billionaire by raiding the armories of the collapsing Soviet Union in the early 90s and using old Soviet cargo planes to transport his black-market weapons to conflict zones around the world.
Bout’s criminal genius has been hailed by every international law enforcement agency that went after him. He was smart enough to mix his weapons shipments with more legitimate cargoes, posturing as a humanitarian who just wanted to sell cheap food to starving Africans.
Meanwhile, he was selling guns to every bad actor from al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, to both the Taliban and its enemies in Afghanistan.
Bout was bagged in Thailand in 2008 while trying to sell weapons to Colombian terrorists who were actually CIA agents in disguise.
He was not just selling his murderous Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) customers a few pistols — the deal included “800 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), 30,000 AK-47 firearms, 10 million rounds of ammunition, five tons of C-4 plastic explosives, ‘ultralight’ airplanes outfitted with grenade launchers and unmanned aerial vehicles.”
This is from 2010. It is a 60 Minutes segment on how dangerous Viktor Bout is, the guy Biden just traded to get back Brittney Griner, while leaving behind Marine veteran Paul Whelan pic.twitter.com/R7uBprmd8q
— Ari Hoffman (@thehoffather) December 8, 2022
Who Is American Marine Corps Veteran Paul Whelan?
Paul Whelan, an American who used to be in the Marines and was jailed in Russia for nearly two years on “espionage” charges, was left behind in the prisoner swap. Whelan was sentenced to 16 years in a Russian prison.
Critics have criticized the Biden administration for letting an American veteran stay in prison in Russia while an America-hating basketball player was freed in a prisoner swap.
Meet Brittney Griner & Marine Paul Whelan.
Both were convicted in Russian courts on dubious charges.
Both serving multi-year sentences in Russian prison.
Brittney hates America
Paul served America
Guess which one Biden traded a terrorist to free?
Semper fi Paul pic.twitter.com/tuP1R6AZpf
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) December 8, 2022
When CBS News asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday if U.S. negotiators were “actively engaged” in swapping for both Whelan and Griner, Blinken brushed off the idea.
But he did mention he was still trying to bring Griner home.
Blinken said, “There is a vote for the other side. We don’t just want it. They’re willing to do it.”
He also said about Whelan, “One way or another, one day or another, we’ll see that through.”
Do you think it right for the Biden administration to trade a woke WNBA player convicted of smuggling marijuana into Russia for a man whose nickname is the “Merchant of Death” and who is responsible for killing thousands , even millions, of people?
Let’s not forget the Biden administration left behind Paul Whelan, an American who served in the Marines, who was sentenced to 16 years in a Russian prison on “espionage” charges.
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