FILE PHOTO: Brittney Griner of the United States gestures during a game against Australia at Saitama Super Arena in their Tokyo 2020 Olympic women’s basketball quarterfinal game in Saitama, Japan August 4, 2021. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
By Peter Gleason
Politico is reporting that the White House has secured the release of American basketball star Brittney Griner in exchange for Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout, nicknamed the “Merchant of Death.”
The swap, which marks a major diplomatic achievement for President Joe Biden, brings an end to an ordeal that began when Griner was arrested in Russia on Feb. 17 for possession of vape cartridges containing hash oil.