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The "Merchant of Death" and Brittney Griner
The "Merchant of Death" and Brittney Griner
DEA Photo / Lorie Shaull (Flickr) / Edited


Biden to Trade Russian ‘Merchant of Death’ For WNBA Star Brittney Griner, Reports Claim

The Biden administration is prepared to trade weapons trafficker Viktor Bout in exchange for WNBA player Brittney Griner.

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Joe Biden has reportedly offered Russia a deal to trade trade Russian weapons trafficker Viktor Bout, who earned the nickname “Merchant of Death” over his career, in exchange for WNBA player Brittney Griner, who pleaded guilty to drug charges after illegally bringing a small amount of marijuana into the country.

“We communicated a substantial offer that we believe could be successful based on a history of conversations with the Russians,” a senior Biden administration official told CNN. “We communicated that a number of weeks ago, in June.”

Some have questioned the logic of trading a known, convicted criminal with apparent ties to Putin for a basketball player that admitted to mistakenly bringing drugs into the country.

Brittney Griner and Viktor Bout

Cantankerous Buddha / CWEB News / Flickr / Composite

Bout, who had a mysterious career in the Soviet Union’s armed forces and learned at least six languages, is a infamous weapons trafficker who served as an inspiration to the 2005 Nicolas Cage movie known as “Lord of War”. He was convicted on terrorism charges in 2011 for attempting to sell missiles to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that would have been used shoot down U.S. Military helicopters.

“Today, one of the world’s most prolific arms dealers is being held accountable for his sordid past,” said former Attorney General Eric Holder in November 2011.

“Viktor Bout’s arms trafficking activity and support of armed conflicts have been a source of concern around the globe for decades. Today, he faces the prospect of life in prison for his efforts to sell millions of dollars worth of weapons to terrorists for use in killing Americans.”

“Bout was ready to sell a weapons arsenal that would be the envy of some small countries,” said former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara. “He aimed to sell those weapons to terrorists for the purpose of killing Americans.”

Viktor Bout being escorted by DEA agents

Former Soviet military officer and arms trafficking suspect Viktor Bout (US Dept of Justice)

Griner, who plays for the WNBA, is a supporter of Black Lives Matter and in July 2021 protested the National Anthem by refusing to enter the basketball court while the anthem was played.

At the time, Griner announced her plans to protest against the National Anthem for the entire season, claiming that “Black people didn’t have rights at that point.”

“It’s hard disrespecting a song that didn’t even represent all Americans when it was first made,” she declared. “I’m going to protest regardless,” she said. “I’m not going to be out there for the national anthem. If the league continues to want to play it, that’s fine.”

“It will be all season long, I’ll not be out there. I feel like more are going to probably do the same thing. I can only speak for myself.”

Brittney Griner

2019 photo of WNBA player Brittney Griner playing in the Women’s Basketball Euroleague in Yekaterinburg, Russia

In a letter written by Griner to Joe Biden pleading for her release on July 4 this year, she told the president “I voted for the first time in 2020 and I voted for you. I believe in you. I still have so much good to do with my freedom that you can help restore.”

Griner added, “It hurts thinking about how I usually celebrate this day because freedom means something completely different to me this year.”

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Andrew White is a Northern Virginia native. His work has been previously featured on Alex Jones’ Infowars and Revolver News. White is a constitutionalist Patriot, who focuses on social issues, election integrity, globalism, US politics, as well as general corporate and government corruption.



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    July 28, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Do you think she will actually be grateful America didn’t turn their back on an ungrateful childish, self centered woke drug user!

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      July 28, 2022 at 9:07 pm

      Let her eat Borscht for 10 years. Thank

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    July 29, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    It’s funny, I knew he would do that the day he said he wouldn’t. See how that works?

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    July 31, 2022 at 7:49 am

    This anti American dyke bitch should be left to rot there.

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    July 31, 2022 at 9:45 am

    We look at it as a murderer for basketball player trade and it makes no sense. Biden looks at it as getting a black, female, lesbian for a white guy. Simple thoughts come from a simple mind.

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