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Sun Jul 10, 2022, 05:55 PM

Former governor to travel to Moscow for talks on freeing Brittney Griner: Source

Source: ABC News via MSN

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is planning to travel to Russia in the near future for talks aimed at finding a deal to free the detained WNBA star Brittney Griner, a source with knowledge of the proposed trip told ABC News.

Richardson, who also served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and energy secretary in the Clinton administration, played a role in achieving a prisoner exchange in April that saw Russia release former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed after nearly two and a half years in captivity.

He is expected to go to Moscow in the next couple of weeks, according to the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/bill-richardson-to-seek-brittney-griner-s-release-in-moscow-source/ar-AAZp0l5?li=BB141NW3



Back when President Obama was picking a cabinet, I suggested (here at DU) Richardson as a Secretary of State. Someone got all huffy at me thinking he wasn't qualified. I don't remember who it was, but they apparently were unaware of Richardson's negotiation skills and experience (especially in the Dayton Accord).

I liked Richardson even way back then. I'll admit that in 2008, he was my first pick.

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Reply Former governor to travel to Moscow for talks on freeing Brittney Griner: Source (Original post)
MissMillie Jul 10 OP
LetMyPeopleVote Jul 10 #1
LisaM Jul 10 #2
ripcord Jul 10 #3
Post removed Jul 10 #4
Mr.Bill Jul 10 #5
murielm99 Jul 10 #6
AllTooEasy Jul 10 #7
rpannier Jul 10 #8
Chin music Jul 10 #9
ancianita Jul 11 #14
AZLD4Candidate Jul 10 #10
PoliticAverse Jul 11 #12
JudyM Jul 11 #11
Laura PourMeADrink Jul 11 #13

Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Sun Jul 10, 2022, 06:01 PM

1. Governor Bill Richards is a great negotiator

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Sun Jul 10, 2022, 06:14 PM

2. I like him, too, and he's the right choice for this.

My biggest beef with him was that he though we should divert Great Lakes water to New Mexico, but that was in 2007 and this is a different issue anyway.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Sun Jul 10, 2022, 06:18 PM

3. Once again no mention of Paul Whelan

Richardson will probably leave him in the labor camp again.

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Sun Jul 10, 2022, 07:24 PM

5. I don't think that's a can of worms

any republican wants to open up.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Sun Jul 10, 2022, 07:30 PM

6. I heard Richardson speak several years ago.

He was the featured speaker at the Illinois Democratic Chairperson's Association convention. He explained the Canadian health care system - how it works, how it came into existence.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Sun Jul 10, 2022, 07:49 PM

7. What will he offer?


A Russian gangster tied to opioid distribution, child sex trafficking, etc.?

A Russian spy who tried to undermine or successfully undermined our national security?

A cybersecurity terrorist, who will immediately attack us again with Putin's backing?

Dropping of sanctions that resulted from Putin's invasion of Ukraine?

Commitments to stop supplying Ukraine with weapons?

Vetoing Finland's and Sweden's applications to NATO?

Kissing Putin's ass while draped in the US flag?

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Response to AllTooEasy (Reply #7)

Sun Jul 10, 2022, 08:49 PM

8. The Merchant of Death, Victor Bout

That's who I've seen mentioned in several places as to whom the Russians want

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Mon Jul 11, 2022, 04:10 PM

14. He's exactly who we DON'T want to trade or we would have by now and wouldn't have

Richardson going at this point.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Sun Jul 10, 2022, 09:28 PM

10. Wendell Brown was railroaded into a Chinese prison after defending himself

in a bar in Chongqing from six Chinese men that didn't like a black man drinking with a Chinese woman. Next to little was done to get him out until the Chinese government released him.

It bothers me how much celebrity matters in the world. What she is going through is absolutely terrible, but I doubt we'd hear anything about it if she wasn't in the WNBA, just like Wendell Brown.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Reply #10)

Mon Jul 11, 2022, 05:07 AM

12. Yes, Russian captive Paul Whelan's family is feeling left out...

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Mon Jul 11, 2022, 12:16 AM

11. Locking

We received an alert on this post for not being LBN-level important because it is announcing a scheduled event in the future, rather than important breaking news that has happened. When it happens, hopefully there will be major news to report. Would be good to repost in GD if you’re up for it.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Mon Jul 11, 2022, 10:05 AM

13. I wanted him to be prez too! So intelligent and articulate. nt

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