Brittney Griner Swap May Be Sign Russia’s Worried About Secrets Leaking

The U.S. and Russia’s latest prisoner swap could signal that the Kremlin is growing anxious about the possible leak of Moscow’s secrets.

On Thursday, the U.S. agreed to release Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in exchange for American basketball star Brittney Griner, freeing the 55-year-old Soviet military officer from a prison in Illinois. Bout was serving a 25-year sentence for conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and officials and for selling millions of dollars in weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Russia has long pushed for the arms dealer’s release, calling the detainment “unlawful” and saying his 2012 sentencing was “baseless and biased.”

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