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Who is Paul Whelan? Former US Marine left behind in Brittney Griner-Viktor Bout exchange

Posted on AllSides December 10th, 2022
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Sofia Sandurskaya, Moscow News Agency photo via AP

The United States government completed a prisoner exchange with Russia on Thursday after months of negotiations that resulted in the release of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for American women's basketball athlete Brittney Griner but left behind former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan.

Initially, the Biden administration had sought to release both Griner and Whelan for the notorious "Merchant of Death," who has served 11 years of a 25-year conviction, but the Kremlin gave the U.S. the option of only Griner's return or no deal at all. The female athlete was...

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