In 2021, Biden left thousands behind in Afghanistan. In the recent prisoner swap with Russia, he is ‘only’ leaving 2 behind.
The good news in this story is that Trevor Reed has been repatriated.
But it’s a bitter pill to swallow for two other Americans who remain in Russian custody.
Paul Whelan, a 52yo Marine was arrested in 2018, tried by Russian authorities for espionage charges, and given a 16-year sentence is feeling overlooked.
‘Why was I left behind? While I am pleased Trevor is home with his family, I have been held on a fictitious charge of espionage for 40 months,’ Paul Whelan said Wednesday in a statement obtained by CNN. ‘The world knows this charge was fabricated. Why hasn’t more been done to secure my release?’
Whelan, 52, was arrested on espionage charges in December 2018 after being detained at a Moscow hotel. Despite vehemently denying the allegations, the ex-Marine was convicted June 2020 and sentenced to 16 years in prison in a trial that U.S. officials have denounced as ‘unfair’. —DailyMail
He’s not the only one, either. Remember that WNBA olympian who got caught in a foreign airport with a vape pen? She’s still cooling her heels in a Russian prison.
Brittney Griner, 31, is an Olympic gold medalist and seven-time all star basketball player who earns extra money in the WNBA offseason by playing in Russia.
She was arrested in February as she went through a Russian airport near Moscow. Authorities say cannabis vape cartridges were found in her luggage.
She now faces 10 years in a Russian prison. The facts behind Griner’s case and the evidence gathered are still unclear.
State Department spokesman Ned Price told CNN on Wednesday morning that Griner’s case is a “top priority” for the U.S. Price told the outlet that the department is in regular communication with her team and engaging with the embassy in Moscow to make sure they have consistent access to her. —Koin
However bad it looks that we’ve still got two Americans languishing under the thumb of a regime Biden himself has said is overseen by a War Criminal, credit where it’s due, compared to the Bergdahl swap, this one looks like a triumph.
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