U.S. Made 'substantial' offer for Brittney Griner prisoner swap with Russia, Secretary of State Antony Blinken says. The offer marks the first time that the U.S. Government has acknowledged the possibility of a prisoner swap for the WNBA star, who has been detained in Russia since February. Source 5a.
WNBA star Brittney Griner sentenced to nine years in Russian prison on drug charges. Griner was arrested Feb. 17 after Russian authorities said she carried vape cartridges containing hashish oil in her luggage. The two-time Olympic gold medalist who pleaded guilty "Without intent" has been considered "Wrongfully detained" by the U.S. State Department. Source 1r.
WNBA star Brittney Griner freed from Russian prison in exchange for arms dealer. Griner, an eight-time all-star center and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was convicted Aug. 4 after police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in February. In exchange for Griner's release, the U.S. Agreed to free convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. Source 6c.
I was appalled the effort it took, to get our American law makers', to making the return of Brittney Griner a Priority.
Brittney Griner might need to fly on private jets for security. The WNBA doesn't allow charters. What's next? Charter flights have been a divisive topic across the WNBA for years. The league, despite being subsidized by the NBA, flies commercial. But Griner is a highly recognizable person, and her release from Russian detention was met with vile comments from the far right. Source 9t.