US says WNBA star Brittney Griner is being ‘wrongly detained’ in Russia

The Biden administration has determined that WNBA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained in Russia, meaning the United States will work more aggressively to secure her release even as the legal case against her plays out, two officials said. Americans on Tuesday.

Ms Griner was detained at an airport in February after Russian authorities said a search of her bag revealed vape cartridges containing cannabis-derived oil.

Since then, US officials have stopped short of classifying the Phoenix Mercury player as wrongfully detained, saying instead their goal was to ensure she had access to US consular officers in jail.

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