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This video grab taken from a footage shown by Russian state media that AFP could not independently authentify shows US basketball star Brittney Griner (L) during a swap of prisoners with Viktor Bout (2ndR), a Russian notorious arms dealer on December 8, 2022 on the tarmac of Abu Dhabi airport. (Photo by Russian State Media / AFP)

 

By Kavi Chongkittavorn


The US government has previously acknowledged the part Thailand played in getting arms dealer Viktor Bout before a US court, thus making him available for the latest swap between the US and Russia, involving basketball star and double Olympian Brittney Griner.

 

Since Griner was arrested earlier this year and charged with possession of cannabis oil, there has been pressure from the American public, ethnic groups and the LGBTQ community to arrange for her release. The longer she stayed in a Russian jail, the uglier the situation became for Biden.

 

The exchange deal between the US and Russia took nearly 10-months to complete, because Bout is a very a high-profile criminal wanted by the US government and others. It is an open secret that the Biden administration wanted to exchange Bout for two Americans. Apart from Griner, Washington wanted to include one more person, Paul Whelan, who has been detained in Russia on an espionage charge for almost four years.

 

Judging from the past exchanges between these two superpowers, any diplomatic swap must be weighed up carefully and more usually involves prisoners from the same profession, i.e. spy for spy. So the usual formula did not work in this case. In the end, due to the extraordinary pressure on the home front, the Biden administration agreed on a one-to-one deal. Washington has Bangkok to thank, among others, if the American institutional memory really values the Thai contribution.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/biden-should-acknowledge-thailands-roll-in-capturing-viktor-bout/

 

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3 hours ago, HaoleBoy said:

Amazing Thailand can "help" capture Bout, but can't figure out how to fill out a red notice to get "The Boss" even on Interpol's list.

I dont thing that is true. In order to catch someone you have to have the will and determination to do so.

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Biden should acknowledge Thailand’s roll in capturing Viktor Bout

 

and thailand should acknowledge bidens role ( or rolling of the dice if you prefer) in letting him go.

 

im off to eat a fruit roll up now. 

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Entrapment, an American specialty, can hardly be called ‘capture’. The big boys don’t like competition. Viktor Bout was a street vendor compared to the McDonalds of the US, Israel, Russia and other arms dealers.

 

As with the black torture site, Thailand was shamefully playing toady with the USA.

 

Bout’s time has passed, in any case. I’m glad he’s back to his family.

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6 hours ago, Gknrd said:

Yea, and when she plays the next game in the US and starts talking again. We will see her true colors. It will be back to business as usual. How she is mistreated and hates the US.

why they went that far for such a d.... hd

The scientific theory of why some Americans didn't want Brittney Griner to come home from a Russian prison

"The fact that the American public might be really focused on the alleged drug possession and the outlandish accusation of drug smuggling might make the American public less willing to pay attention to this case,"

 

And then there are other demographic characteristics, including the fact that she is openly gay, that she is gender nonconforming, not traditionally feminine — all of these work against public sympathy for someone in her position,"

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/scientific-reason-why-americans-dont-145431580.html

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37 minutes ago, Bkk Brian said:

Griner is a female and born that way, I bet she's got a good right hand to if you called her that  lol

I would like to see some proof. ie birth certificate.

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Thailand helped the U.S. and U.S. should show gratitude and hopefully discussed with Thailand before the swap.  Will Bout have any hate towards Thailand? ….

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7 hours ago, Gknrd said:

Yea, and when she plays the next game in the US and starts talking again. We will see her true colors. It will be back to business as usual. How she is mistreated and hates the US.

America, where everyone brags about how much freedom we have but complain if you exercise it. Don't offer your opinion on politics and don't even think about exercising your freedom to not stand up for songs.

 

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