With basketball superstar Brittney Griner having faced yet another day in Russian court, pressure has mounted in Washington to sway President Joe Biden’s administration to offer the release of convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in exchange for her freedom and that of another detained U.S. citizen, suspected spy Paul Whelan.
CNN reported Wednesday that Biden was now backing such an exchange, citing people briefed on the matter. Secretary Antony Blinken confirmed shortly after that Washington had offered Moscow a “substantial proposal” for Whelan and Griner’s freedom weeks ago with Biden’s approval.
Multiple sources, including those familiar with such cases as well as those directly tied to the fates of these these individuals, explained to Newsweek why a trade involving the trio should be made.
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