Brittney Griner Reportedly Plans to Send Message to Paul Whelan’s Family

Brittney Griner Reportedly Plans to Send Message to Paul Whelan’s Family

Brittney Griner has been gone for five days Russian prisoner released After the U.S. made a prisoner swap agreement in the United Arab Emirates, Griner was exchanged for Viktor Bout, an international arms dealer.

Griner has enjoyed time with Cherelle, her husband, and other family members since arriving at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio. She also enjoys the city’s Smoke Shack barbecue, and her favorite snacks. Griner enjoys the time with her family, but Paul Whelan, a former Marine, has been weighing heavily on her mind.

Lindsay Kagawa Colas was Griner’s agent and said that Whelan, 32, is “heartbroken” by the fact that Whelan is still being held in Russia. She stated that Whelan and other wrongfully held Americans are committed to helping them return to the United States.

Colas stated that she was thinking about his family and discussed her intention to call them when she returns home. Anderson Cooper, CNN Tuesday. “She is really committed to telling the story and making sure that this group of wrongfully detained Americans knows their names.”

Whelan was charged with espionage in December 2018 and was taken into custody. He was sentenced to 16-years in prison in June 2020. The The prisoner swap did not include a 52-year-old That Griner was brought back To U.S. soil

Russian officials were only willing to do a swap with Griner or Bout for one, or nothing. Even though the U.S. offered a one-for-1 swap of Whalen or Bout, Russia considered it a non-starter as Whelan was considered a different type of prisoner.

Griner was detained at a Russian airport in February last year for carrying hashish oil in her bag. She Pled guilty In July, she was convicted of drug charges in Russia. She stated that she didn’t intend to break the law. She was sentenced. Nine years in a Russian penal colony In early August, he began serving time in a penal colony. Russia’s Mordovia region.

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