Mike Pompeo warns Brittney Griner trade offer 'sets a dangerous precedent' for US

He’s a bad guy. 그는 미국인을 죽이고 싶었던 사람입니다.. It presents a real risk to the United States… There’s a real reason the Russians want to get him home. 이런 거래를 제안하는 것은 위험한 선례입니다,” Pompeo told “미국의 뉴스 룸.”

This is not a good trade, not the right path forward, and it’ll likely lead to more.

Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer known as theMerchant of Death” 누구의 weapons sales fueled deadly conflicts around the world, could be sent back to his motherland in exchange for WNBA star Brittney Griner and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan.

WHO IS VIKTOR BOUT, RUSSIA’S ‘MERCHANT OF DEATHWHO COULD BE FREED IN PRISONER SWAP FOR BRITTNEY GRINER?

American basketball star Brittney Griner returned Wednesday to a Russian courtroom for her drawn-out trial on drug charges that could bring her 10 years in prison of convicted.

American basketball star Brittney Griner returned Wednesday to a Russian courtroom for her drawn-out trial on drug charges that could bring her 10 years in prison of convicted. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, 풀)

Russian officials have long pushed for the release of Bout, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence in U.S. prison after being convicted in 2011 of conspiracy to kill Americans, conspiracy to deliver anti-aircraft missiles, and aiding a terrorist organization.

He was nabbed in 2008 in a sting operation at a luxury hotel 방콕, 태국, where he met with Drug Enforcement Administration informants who were posing as officials with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which has been classified by US officials as a narco-terrorist group.

Prosecutors said that Bout was prepared to provide the group 와 $ 20 million worth ofa breathtaking arsenal of weapons — including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles, machine guns and sniper rifles — 10 million rounds of ammunition and five tons of plastic explosives.

폴 웰란, a former US marine accused of espionage and arrested in Russia in December 2018, stands inside a defendants' cage as he waits to hear his verdict in Moscow on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

폴 웰란, a former US marine accused of espionage and arrested in Russia in December 2018, stands inside a defendantscage as he waits to hear his verdict in Moscow on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

바이든 행정부 confirmed Wednesday that it has made asubstantial proposalto help free Griner and Whelan.

Griner was arrested at a Russian airport in mid-February after police said they found cannabis oil in her bags. She pleaded guilty this month to a drug smuggling charge and could face up to 10 수감 년, but she has said that herintentwas not to violate Russian law.

Whelan was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2020 on espionage charges, but he and his family have maintained his innocence, while the U.S. government has called the charges false.

Following Pompeo’s appearance on “미국의 뉴스 룸,” Gen. Jack Keane remarked on “포크너 포커스” that swapping a prisoner that threatened the U.S. 이다 “distubring.

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I agree with Secretary Pompeo,” the Fox News senior strategic analyst said. “이것은, 당신이 지적했듯이, a Russian arms dealer who’s trying to get arrested for attempting to kill Americans who is assisting terrorists around the world. That is the problem.

“나는 [가지다] great empathy for the families, and certainly they’re hoping that something comes of this,” 그는 계속했다. “But this is the wrong choice the administration has made. The Department of Justice was opposed to this initially, and they were browbeat by Secretary Blinken and the president of the United States to agree. And I think the Department of Justice was right in the beginning and putting their hands up and saying, '아니, 아니, not this person. Let’s find somebody else.'

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