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Family of US prisoner Whelan backs Griner deal

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:++SOUNDBITES QUALITY AS INCOMING++ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Moscow - 23 August 20191. Paul Whelan is led into a courtroom2. Whelan stands in a courtroom cageANNOTATION: The brother of an American detained in Russia since 2018 says that his family fears he will not be released for years. ASSOCIATED PRESSSan Diego - 8 December 20223. SOUNDBITE (English) David Whelan, brother of Paul Whelan:"I think we all realized that the math is not going to work out for Paul to come home anytime soon unless the U.S. government is able to find concessions." US NETWORK POOLWashington - 8 December 20224. President Joe Biden introduces Brittney Griner's wife, Cherelle Griner, to speak at the podiumANNOTATION: David Whelan says his family also supported the U.S. agreeing to a prisoner exchange that freed WNBA star Brittney Griner but left Paul Whelan behind. ASSOCIATED PRESSSan Diego - 8 December 20225. SOUNDBITE (English) David Whelan, brother of Paul Whelan:"Brittney Griner shouldn't spend a single day -- no wrongful detainee should spend a single day more in detention than they have to." ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Moscow - 23 August 20196. Various of Whelan in the cageANNOTATION: The Michigan corporate security executive has been jailed for four years on espionage charges that the American government has said are baseless. ANNOTATION: U.S. officials said Russia refused to consider including Whelan in the Griner deal, calling it a "one or none" decision.ASSOCIATED PRESSSan Diego - 8 December 20227. SOUNDBITE (English) David Whelan, brother of Paul Whelan:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"I think we aren't really sure what the way forward is -- to know what the likelihood is that he will ever be freed other than by serving his entire term." ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Moscow - 24 October 20198. Whelan exits a courtroomSTORYLINE:The brother of an American detained in Russia since 2018 said Thursday that his family fears he will not be released for years, even as they supported the U.S. government's agreement to a prisoner exchange that freed WNBA star Brittney Griner but left Paul Whelan behind.Whelan is a Michigan corporate security executive. He has been jailed on espionage charges that his family and the U.S. government have said are baseless. U.S. officials said Russia refused to consider including Whelan in the Griner deal, calling it a "one or none" decision.His brother, David Whelan, told The Associated Press that their parents spoke with Paul Whelan on Thursday -- a much different conversation than their routine calls focused on Whelan's day-to-day life and updates from the family's home in Michigan."I think we all realized that the math is not going to work out for Paul to come home anytime soon unless the U.S. government is able to find concessions," David Whelan said. The family does not have any way to judge the likelihood "that he will ever be freed other than by serving his entire term," he added.The 52-year-old Paul Whelan was sentenced in 2020 to 16 years in prison. The family's pain doesn't change their belief that the Biden administration made the right choice to exchange notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for Griner, David Whelan said.Whelan said a U.S. official visited his sister Wednesday at her home in Massachusetts to tell the family about Griner's release, a decision that he said softened the blow of knowing his brother would stay jailed.Pressure to include Paul Whelan in any trade for Griner increased after an April trade for Marine veteran Trevor Reed did not include him.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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