Griner was released in a prisoner exchange involving Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. However, the exchange did not involve another American who has been wrongfully detained by the State Department
She's safe, she's on a plane, she's on her way home," Biden said Thursday morning at the White House with Griner's wife,
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After being unfairly detained in Russia and living in intolerable conditions for months, Britney will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, and that's where she should have always been."
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Griner was arrested in a Moscow airport in February after airport officials discovered vape canisters and cannabis oil in her luggage.
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She was sentenced to nine years in Russian prison for smuggling illegal drugs into the country
The White House called the legal proceedings a “sham.” Griner pleaded guilty to the charges in September and apologized for the incident, calling it an “honest mistake.”