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Video of WNBA star Brittney Griner being swapped for Russian Merchant of Death Viktor Bout

BREAKING NEWS: Video of WNBA star Brittney Griner being swapped for Russian Merchant of Death Viktor Bout

Video has emerged of the moment Russian Merchant of Death arms dealer Viktor Bout was swapped for WNBA star Brittney Griner in a widely criticized deal that was brokered by Saudi Arabia. 

The footage shows Bout emerging from one jet and walking past Griner this morning. 

A Saudi official is nearby watching, but it is unclear if it Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. President Biden touted the swap as a success this morning, parading Griner’s wife Cheryl at a press conference. 

But many say the deal is a gift to Putin and his war effort in Ukraine – and a damning indictment on Biden’s diplomatic track record. 

Brittney Griner shakes hands with a Saudi official on the tarmac of an unknown airport today as she was swapped for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in a deal brokered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The footage shows Bout emerging from one jet and walking past Griner this morning

The footage shows Bout emerging from one jet and walking past Griner this morning

Merchant of Death Bout emerged smiling. Griner is shown, left

Merchant of Death Bout emerged smiling. Griner is shown, left 

War criminal Bout smiled as he made his way towards the jet waiting for him

War criminal Bout smiled as he made his way towards the jet waiting for him 

The most vocal critics have asked why WNBA star Griner, whose release was advocated for by celebrities, has been released when Paul Whelan, who has been in prison for years, has not. 

Biden insists he is still trying to get Whelan out. 

The deal was brokered with Vladimir Putin, responsible for the genocide in Ukraine – and with the help of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, just 48 hours after the U.S. dropped a lawsuit holding him responsible for the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The news was met with anger by supporters of former Marine Paul Whelan, who remains in Russian prison. Republicans condemned that as ‘unconscionable’ and said the White House was focused on ‘celebrities’ over veterans detained by Putin. 

Whelan said from prison that he was ‘greatly disappointed’ the Biden administration did not do more to secure his release alongside Griner and said he was ready to ‘go home’.

Republican leader Kevin McCarthy called it ‘unconscionable’ to leave behind Whelan. 

‘Merchant of Death – that’s the nickname of the prisoner Biden returned to Putin. He was convicted of conspiring to kill American law enforcement.

‘This is a gift to Vladimir Putin, and it endangers American lives. Leaving Paul Whelan behind for this is unconscionable.’ 

Paul Whelan (shown in 2019) said he was 'disappointed' not to have been included in the swap today. He has spent four years in Russian prison on charges of espionage and spying that the Biden administration says are wrongful

Paul Whelan (shown in 2019) said he was ‘disappointed’ not to have been included in the swap today. He has spent four years in Russian prison on charges of espionage and spying that the Biden administration says are wrongful 



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