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Brittney Greener trade news live: WNBA star arrives at San Antonio US military hospital after being released by Russia in exchange for Victor Boothe


Britney Griner is back on American soil after spending 294 days in a Russian prison

Brittney Greener landed back on American soil for the first time in 10 months after being released from Russian custody in a prisoner swap with “Death Merchant” Victor Booth.

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

Footage showed Ms Greener and Booth being exchanged on the tarmac of a race track in the UAE on Thursday, after weeks of talks between Washington and Moscow.

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

President Joe Biden insisted Thursday that “we have not forgotten about Paul Whelan” and vowed to “never give up” on securing his release as the exchange 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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Russians did not negotiate in ‘good faith’ for Paul Whelan, White House press secretary says

White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre told reporters on Friday that Russia was unwilling to engage in “good faith” talks to free Paul Whelan, an American who has been imprisoned in the country since 2018. US officials have tried to include Mr. Whelan in a prisoner swap they struck to free former WNBA star Brittney Greener, but a deal could not be reached.

“In the last week or two we have seen that the Russians are willing to release Brittney Griner for Mr. Booth. This is what we were presented with. They were reluctant to negotiate in good faith for Paul Whelan.

Greig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 7:03 p.m

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Russia offered Paul Whelan as part of Britney Greener deal, but wanted a spy serving a life sentence for murder

U.S. officials speaking to CNN told the outlet that Russia did offer Paul Whelan as part of the prisoner swap deal that freed former WNBA star Brittney Greiner, but only if a Russian spy serving a life sentence in Germany for murder. be released along with the “Merchant of Death” Victor Booth.

The US has inquired with Germany about the potential release of Vadim Krasikov, the Russian spy who was convicted of murder. The US failed to negotiate the release of the Russian. However, according to officials, the US has offered other imprisoned Russians in an attempt to free Mr Whelan, but those offers have been rejected by Russia.

Greig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 6:46 p.m

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Tucker Carlson makes baseless claim that Biden chose to save Greener over Paul Whalen because of identity politics

During a broadcast on Fox News, anchor Tucker Carlson claimed without evidence that NBC News had retracted a report it published that initially said Russia had given the US the option to release either Brittney Greener or Paul Whelan. He claims the network did this at the behest of the Biden administration, again without any evidence.

“Why did they make this choice? You have to know that Whalen is a Trump voter and he made the mistake of saying it on social media and now he’s paying the price for it,” Carlson said. “Brittany Greener is not. She has very different politics.

According to Carlson, Greener was chosen because Mr. Whelan is a Trump voter and Greener is black, female and lesbian.

Russia – which has no incentive to protect Joe Biden’s image – has not made any statement undermining the White House’s claim that Mr Whelan was never at the table for a possible prisoner swap.

Greig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 5:57 pm

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

NBA star Steph Curry won Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year award during a ceremony Thursday, and during her acceptance speech she addressed the release of former WNBA star Brittney Greener.

Mr. Curry was Greener’s primary advocate while she was incarcerated.

“We’re glad she’s home, we’re glad she’s reunited with her family,” Mr Curry said. “This is a constant reminder to all who continue to use their platforms to speak out on issues that matter and can move the needle.” Thank you to President Biden’s administration for being a part of this fight. But it’s also a reminder that we must all remain engaged in the fight to protect American citizens at home and abroad who are wrongfully detained, and we can continue to be engaged in that fight. BG, we love you. Thank you for your sacrifice and your continued tenacity and patience to get through this process, and we hope you enjoy being reunited with your family. We are always with you BG.”

Greig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 5:25 pm

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“Merchant of Death” Viktor Bout says the West wants Russia to break up

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

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

Russian state media welcomed Bout’s return.

“Tomorrow everyone will forget about Griner,” Russian state media anchor Yevgeny Popov wrote on Telegram on Thursday. “Booth’s life is just beginning.”

Greig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 4:46 p.m

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Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters Friday after Brittney Greener’s release that more prisoner exchanges with the United States may be possible in the future.

According to the Associated Press, Mr Putin said “anything is possible” when asked if there could be more prisoner exchanges in the future.

“We do not rule out continuing this work in the future,” he said.

It is unclear what this might mean for Paul Whelan, an American who has been imprisoned in Russia since 2018. The White House has pushed for his release along with Griner, but reports suggest Russia is reluctant to release Mr Whelan.

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

Read more at Independent Premium story below…

Greig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 4:20 p.m

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Pentagon admits ‘concerns’ about release of ‘Dealer of Death’

An unnamed Pentagon official said there was some concern within the defense agency about releasing Victor Booth, the “Dealer of Death” arms dealer, back into the world.

Booth was released from the US as part of a prisoner swap to secure the release of Brittney Griner.

“I think there’s a concern that he’s going to go back to doing the same job that he’s done in the past,” said an unnamed Defense Department official. A politician.

Read more at The Independent Below.

Greig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 3:56 pm

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Putin says a future prisoner swap is possible

Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters Friday after Brittney Greener’s release that more prisoner exchanges with the United States may be possible in the future.

According to the Associated Press, Mr Putin said “anything is possible” when asked if there could be more prisoner exchanges in the future.

“We do not rule out continuing this work in the future,” he said.

It is unclear what this might mean for Paul Whelan, an American who has been imprisoned in Russia since 2018. The White House has pushed for his release along with Griner, but reports suggest Russia is reluctant to release Mr Whelan.

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

Greig GraziosiDecember 9, 2022 3:32 pm

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History of US-Russia prisoner swaps

The prisoner trade in which Brittney Griner was released from Russian custody is the latest in a long history of prisoner swaps dating back decades between the former Cold War adversaries.

These sometimes daring transactions are often the result of intense back-channel negotiations as imprisoned citizens become pawns in a wider geopolitical war.

Bevan HurleyDecember 9, 2022 3:10 p.m

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WATCH: The moment Britney Griner landed back on American soil

Brittney Greener is back on American soil for the first time in 10 months after being released from Russian custody in a prisoner swap with “Dealer of Death” Victor Booth.

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

See the moment she returned to American soil here.

Britney Griner is back on American soil after spending 294 days in a Russian prison

Bevan HurleyDecember 9, 2022 2:47 p.m


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