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Biden Chose Brittney Griner Over a Marine
Putin was well aware of the ruling class's priorities.
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The talk of the town today is the only WNBA trade that has ever made headlines.
Brittney Griner, detained at a Russian airport back in February for allegedly carrying illegal cannibas oil in her luggage, has been freed in exchange for Viktor Bout, a notorious Russian arms dealer who was known to western intelligence agencies as the “merchant of death” and the “sanctions buster” for his ability to get around arms embargoes.
Bout was one of the most wanted men on the planet before his arrest in 2008. His clients included “rogue states, rebel groups, and murderous warlords in Africa, Asia, and South America.”
Once senior U.S. official stated that “There is a concern that [Bout] would return to doing the kind of work he’s done in the past.”
To say that this was a lopsided trade would be a woeful understatement—and all the more so because Griner, who has said the national anthem shouldn’t be played before WNBA games, was freed instead of U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who’s been held in a Russian prison for the past four years as part of a sixteen-year sentence for “espionage.”1
For several months, the Biden administration had expressed its intent to secure the release of both Griner and Whelan in exchange for Bout, but according to White House
press secretary clown Karine Jean-Pierre, it was either “bring Brittney home or no one.”
And I, for one, think that’s complete bullshit, and it starts with what I see as a pretty big giveaway. I’ve learned that when the mainstream media stealth edits an article — something they’ve started doing more and more despite the obvious breach in journalistic ethics2 — it’s because they’re trying to hide something, and lo and behold, as first pointed out by Jordan Schachtel, NBC News has stealth edited its story about the decision to choose Griner over Whelan, citing the same unknown U.S. official in both accounts.
Note the difference between the original (left) and the current version (right):
The NBC report also cites Whelan’s Russian lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, who said “the deal was an exchange of ‘one to one,’ and that choosing Griner, 32, appeared ‘more humane’ because she is a woman and an Olympic champion, while Whelan was in the military and it is ‘easier for him to be in custody.’”
Zherebenkov said back in July that Russia was offering a 1-for-1 trade: Whelan for Bout. Obviously, this was rejected by the Biden administration.
Indeed, Whelan’s own brother said just a few days ago that the former Marine was being considered for a one-for-one swap:
I think the Biden administration is lying; I think the reason they chose Griner over Whelan is because of optics, and because it’s in accordance with the ruling class’s cultural priorities. It’s also consonant with America’s current zeitgeist, which is largely determined by the mainstream media, Hollywood, and academia.
Vladimir Putin has made a habit of eviscerating the West in his speeches for its woke pieties, (accurately) comparing wokeness to the Bolshevik Revolution. I believe he was well aware of the Biden administration’s priorities, and that this knowledge influenced Russia’s negotiations.
Here we have the loathsome Randi Weingarten, arguably the individual most responsible for extended school closures in the U.S. (maybe second to Fauci), saying the quiet part out loud:
Paul Whelan, on the other hand, is a cis hetero white male. Yuck. Zero intersectional points. Not a priority.
Recall that Trump successfully convinced North Korea to release three American hostages as a goodwill gesture. Imagine the headlines if he’d been the one to broker the Griner exchange.
Russia claims that Whelan was caught “red-handed” after receiving a USB flash drive containing classified information.
The New York Times is particularly notorious for this. It goes back to Nikole Hannah-Jones and the abomination that is the 1619 project.