WASHINGTON (AP) — Brittney Griner is definitely essentially the most distinguished American locked up by a international nation. However the WNBA star’s case is twisted up with that of a lesser-known American additionally imprisoned in Russia.
Paul Whelan has been held in Russia since his December 2018 arrest on espionage expenses he and the U.S. authorities say are false. He was omitted of a prisoner trade in April that introduced house one more detainee, Marine veteran Trevor Reed. That has escalated strain on the Biden administration to keep away from one other one-for-one swap that doesn’t embrace Whelan — even because it presses for the discharge of Griner, an Olympic gold medalist whose case has drawn international consideration.