Pompeo Blasts Griner Prisoner Swap: ‘Bad Guys For Celebrities’ Sends Wrong Message

  • Griner was released after being detained in Russia for ten months for bringing cannabis oil cartridges into the country just ahead of the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • The Phoenix Mercury star was later sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony. The Biden administration held months of talks with Russian leaders to negotiate Griner’s release.
  • Griner’s prison swap was announced on Thursday. Some Americans celebrated her freedom, but many were critical of the trade.
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