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Prisoner Swap: Biden slammed for taking ‘anti-American WNBA player’ Brittney Griner instead of captured ‘patriot’ US Marine

A high profile prisoner exchange took place today between the United States and Russia.

The exchange involved the trade of convicted drug user and former women’s basketball star Brittney Griner, for Russian businessman Viktor Bout.

Russian businessman Bout ended up in Washington’s custody back in 2008, when he was arrested in Thailand after a sting operation run by the US Drug Enforcement Administration. He was subsequently extradited to the US and sentenced to 25 years in 2012 after being convicted on gun-running charges. Bout has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

Professional basketball player Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport back in February, when cannabis oil was found in her luggage. In August, she was sentenced to nine years in a penal colony on drug charges. Griner pleaded guilty, but maintained she did not intend to break any laws and had simply packed a vape containing cannabis oil “accidentally.”

The exchange has caused outrage in some circles with some high profile commentators incredulous that Biden chose Griner over former US Marine and ‘patriot’ Paul Whelan, who is currently serving a 16 year jail sentence in Russia on spying charges. Libertarian conservative commentator Matt Walsh told his 1.2 million Twitter followers that Biden had been ‘fleeced.’

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