Brittney Griner trade news live: WNBA star arrives at San Antonio army hospital in US after being released by Russia in exchange for Viktor Bout

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Brittney Griner back on American soil after 294 days in Russian prison

Brittney Griner has landed back on US soil for the first time in 10 months after being released from Russian custody in a prisoner swap with “Merchant of Death” Viktor Bout.

The WNBA star arrived early Friday morning at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio where she will be examined and receive necessary medical treatment.

Footage showed Ms Griner and Bout being exchanged on the tarmac of a UAE airstrip on Thursday after weeks of negotiations between Washington and Moscow.

The deal did not include US Marine Paul Whelan, who has been held in Russia for four years. Mr Whelan told CNN he was “very disappointed” to learn he was not part of the prisoner exchange, saying: “I don’t understand why I’m still sitting here.”

President Joe Biden insisted on Thursday that “we have not forgotten Paul Whelan” and vowed to “never give up” to secure his release as the trade divided opinion across the country. The White House was also forced to deny claims by Saudi Arabia and the UAE that MBS negotiated the deal.

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Steph Curry’s full Brittney Griner message at SI Sportsperson of the Year awards

NBA star Steph Curry won Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year award at a ceremony on Thursday and addressed the release of former WNBA star Brittney Griner during his acceptance speech.

Mr. Curry was a strong advocate for Griner while she was in prison.

“We’re glad she’s home, we’re glad she’s reunited with her family,” Mr Curry said. “It’s a constant reminder for anyone who continues to use their platforms to speak up about issues that make sense and can move the needle. Thank you to President Biden’s administration for participating in that fight. But it also reminds us that we must all remain committed to protecting U.S. citizens at home and abroad who are wrongfully detained, and that we can continue to fight that fight. BG, we love you. We thank you for your sacrifice and your continued perseverance and patience to get through this process, and hope you enjoy reuniting with your family. We are always with you, BG.

Graig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 5:25 PM

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‘Death merchant’ Viktor Bout says the West wants Russia to fall apart

Viktor Bout, a notorious arms dealer, was released this week in a US-Russia prisoner exchange for former WNBA star Brittney Griner. After his release, he shared his thoughts about his captors with Russian media, according to the Associated Press.

“The West believes it failed to finish us when the Soviet Union started to collapse,” Bout said. “And our efforts to live independently, to be an independent power, is a shock to them.”

The Russian state media welcomed Bout’s return.

“Everyone will forget Griner tomorrow,” Yevgeny Popov, a host of the Russian state media, wrote on Telegram on Thursday. “Bout’s life has only just begun.”

Graig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 4:46 PM

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Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters on Friday in the wake of Brittney Griner’s release that more prisoner exchanges with the US are possible in the future.

According to the Associated Press, Putin said that “anything is possible” when asked if more prisoner exchanges might take place in the future.

“We do not refuse to continue this work in the future,” he said.

It is unclear what that could mean for Paul Whelan, an American who has been detained in Russia since 2018. The White House, along with Griner’s, pressed for his release, but reports indicate that Russia was unwilling to release Whelan.

Joe Biden said he would “never give up” on securing Mr Whelan’s release.

Read more in the Independent Premium story below…

Graig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 4:20 PM

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Pentagon admits it is ‘concerned’ about ‘Merchant of Death’ release

An unnamed Pentagon official said there is some concern within the defense bureau about the release of Viktor Bout, the “Merchant of Death” arms dealer, back into the world.

Bout was released by the US as part of a prisoner exchange to secure the release of Brittney Griner.

“I think there is concern that he will go back to doing the same type of work he has done in the past,” said an unnamed Defense Department official. Politics.

Read more at The independent below.

Graig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 3:56 PM

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Putin says future prisoner exchange is possible

Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters on Friday in the wake of Brittney Griner’s release that more prisoner exchanges with the US are possible in the future.

According to the Associated Press, Putin said that “anything is possible” when asked if more prisoner exchanges might take place in the future.

“We do not refuse to continue this work in the future,” he said.

It is unclear what that could mean for Paul Whelan, an American who has been detained in Russia since 2018. The White House, along with Griner’s, pressed for his release, but reports indicate that Russia was unwilling to release Whelan.

Joe Biden said he would “never give up” on securing Mr Whelan’s release.

Graig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 3:32 PM

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A History of US-Russian Prisoner Exchange

The prisoner trade that saw Brittney Griner released from Russian custody is the latest in a long history of decades-long prisoner exchanges between former Cold War adversaries.

These sometimes daring transactions are often the result of intense back-channel negotiations, with captured civilians becoming pawns in a wider geopolitical war.

Bevan HurleyDecember 9, 2022 3:10 PM

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WATCH: Moment Brittney Griner lands on US soil again

Brittney Griner landed back on US soil for the first time in 10 months after being released from Russian custody in a prisoner swap with “Merchant of Death” Viktor Bout.

A plane carrying the WNBA star landed at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio at about 5:30 a.m. ET on Friday morning.

Watch the moment she returned to American soil here.

Brittney Griner back on American soil after 294 days in Russian prison

Bevan HurleyDecember 9, 2022 2:47 PM

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Former Russian spy Maria Butina claims prisoner exchange shows Moscow in a ‘strong position’

Former Russian spy Maria Butina has claimed that Brittney Griner’s prisoner exchange for Viktor Bout shows that Moscow is in a “strong position”.

On Thursday, Ms Butina celebrated the release of Bout – a convicted arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death” who is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the US on a laundry list of charges, including conspiracy to kill Americans.

“The fact that Russia pushed through on the exchange of Bolt, which America fundamentally refused to give away for years, means at this point, as in The Godfather, that we made them an offer that cannot be refused,” she said. .

“This is a position of strength, comrades.”

Ms Butina herself spent 15 months in a US prison on conspiracy charges.

Rachel SharpDecember 9, 2022 2:25 PM

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Trump rejected Paul Whelan and Viktor Bout’s prisoner exchange years ago, says John Bolton

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton has revealed that Donald Trump turned down the chance to secure Paul Whelan’s release years ago — despite the former president claiming to be outraged by the Biden administration’s deal that released Brittney Griner, but the U.S. marine still in Russian custody.

Mr Bolton, who served as national security adviser under Mr Trump for 17 months from 2018 to 2019, told CBS the Trump administration had an opportunity to trade Mr Whelan for convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout in 2018.

“The possibility of a Bout-for-Whelan trade existed at the time and was not made, for very good reasons to deal with Viktor Bout,” he said.

Mr. Whelan, a US, Canadian, British and Irish citizen who served in the US Marines from 2003 to 2008, was arrested in Russia in December 2018.

The independent‘s Rachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel SharpDecember 9, 2022 2:05 PM

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The Pentagon admits to being concerned that Viktor Bout will start trading weapons again

The Pentagon has admitted that US officials are concerned that Viktor Bout will return to arms trading after his release on Thursday.

A senior Defense Department official told Politico that the Biden administration fears Bout could return to his past of illegal arms dealing — something that could pose a danger to America.

“I think there is a concern about that [he] would return to doing the same type of work he has done in the past,” the anonymous official said.

Bout is a notorious arms dealer nicknamed “Death Merchant”.

At the time of his release on Thursday, he was in the middle of a 25-year sentence in a US prison on multiple charges, including conspiracy to kill Americans.

Rachel SharpDecember 9, 2022 1:45 PM

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