Video footage surfaced on Thursday, showing Brittney Griner being swapped on a runway for convicted Russian terrorist Viktor Bout, also known as the "Merchant of Death."
The video showed Griner, in a red jacket, walking with three men while Bout was walking toward Griner with one man.
Bout shook hands with a couple of the men before there was a cut in the footage. When the video picks back up Griner is walking away from Bout.
Russian news agency TASS publishes footage of the Brittney Griner/Viktor Bout exchange. pic.twitter.com/QmOItTEQ3O
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) December 8, 2022
The internet sees everything and there were many people breaking down the film of the exchange. Many people noticed that Griner and Bout looked like they were about to hug before the video cut.
“There’s a jump cut here at :13 as everyone is shaking hands and hugging and right before it looks like Griner maybe going in to shake hands with Bout?” political analyst Stephen L. Miller tweeted. “Probably not great optics there to have your star prisoner swap shaking hands with the most notorious arms dealer on the planet.”
There's a jump cut here at :13 as everyone is shaking hands and hugging and right before it looks like Griner maybe going in to shake hands with Bout? https://t.co/UGNPPbG37w
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) December 8, 2022
Newsmax host Rob Schmitt agreed with the assessment. “You can tell Griner went in for a handshake with Viktor Bout and it was completely edited out.”
“Watch her body language just before the edit,” he continued.
You can tell Griner went in for a handshake with Viktor Bout and it was completely edited out. Watch her body language just before the edit. https://t.co/pNHar7lEjA
— Rob Schmitt (@SchmittNYC) December 8, 2022
The prisoner swap resulted in criticism of Biden from both sides of the aisle. Many pointed out how dangerous of a man Bout is and how this incentivizes nations to detain Americans.
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