CBS News reports:
Brittney Griner, the American basketball star detained by Russian authorities in February, has safely returned to the US after being released from custody in a prisoner exchange. Griner stepped off the plane shortly after 5:30 a.m. ET Friday at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas.
The Biden administration repeatedly made offers to get Paul Whelan released as part of this deal, even after Russia made clear only Griner was acceptable.
In the end, when it was clear Russia was going to refuse on Whelan, the US had to accept it. “It was a choice to get Brittney or nothing,” a US official said, adding that was a “difficult decision” for Biden, but again, one he felt he had to make.
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VIDEO: WNBA star Brittney Griner lands at San Antonio’s Kelly Field in Texas after release from Russia.
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