Brittney Griner, the WNBA star arrested by Russian officials in charge of a drug case. For releasing her and another jailed American Paul Whelan United States offered a deal to Russia.
Brittney Griner’s testimony created a notable change from her strategy:
Brittney Griner and the U.S. State Department carefully examined everything for the month about her custody in Russia on drug charges. On Wednesday, Griner testified in court. She tells the judge about her arrest that took place on 17 Feb.
Griner said she did not know the cannabis oil was recommended by her doctor and she packed that in her bag. She further said that she was pulled aside by the airport authorities as they found the cartridges. During her questioning, the language interpreter translated only a few things that were said by the authorities.
Brittney Griner was denied proper translation, denied access to a lawyer, pressurized by her interpreter, and forced to sign the papers without even understanding them properly. Brittney’s testimony created a notable change from her strategy, “Keep your head down and don’t make waves”.
The US had made an essential plan to secure the release of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan:
Next week she will get to know if her strategy worked or not. Her verdict is to be expected on August 5. Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of State announced a few hours later Girner’s court appearance. That weeks ago the US had made an essential plan to secure the release of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.
The US government considers Paul Whelan to be the wrong detainee. Blinken was not clear but in his briefing, he said that the United States had offered Russia that they will trade Viktor Bout. The well-known arms dealer in Russia who is in prison in the United States for 25 years.
U.S. Secretary also said that soon he will speak to the Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov. He will ask him about the release of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan. Garner’s and Blinken’s answers made a big deal. As they answered a few questions but their answers raised other questions too.