Biden Strikes Deal to Free Basketball Star Brittney Griner from Russian Custody in Exchange for Arms Trafficker Viktor Bout

From a politico.com story by Jonathan Lemire, Eugene Daniels, and Alexander Ward headlined “Biden strikes deal to free Brittney Griner from Russian custody”:

The White House has secured the release of American basketball star Brittney Griner, President Joe Biden announced Thursday, confirming that the U.S. sent arms trafficker Viktor Bout to Russia in exchange.

“Moments ago, standing together with her wife, Cherelle, in the Oval Office, I spoke with Brittney Griner,” the president said from the White House. “She’s safe, she’s on a plane, she’s on her way home after months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under intolerable circumstances.”