Nearly six months since WNBA star Brittney Griner was first detained in Russia, the Biden administration has been working to return her safely home. Negotiations have been complicated by tensions between the U.S. and Russia since the war in Ukraine first began, yet the Biden administration communicated they are open to a prisoner trade with Moscow. The U.S. is offering Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout in exchange for the release of Griner and former US Marine Paul Whelan, who was accused of spying. Former Defense Intelligence Agency Officer, Rebekah Koffler joins the podcast to explain the danger and risk involved in giving up Viktor Bout, Vladimir Putin’s history on using this strategy to regain valuable assets and she emphasizes the importance of Americans receiving defensive briefings when traveling to hostile territories.
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