The Daily Populous

Saturday December 10th, 2022 day edition

image for Trump turned down Paul Whelan and Viktor Bout prisoner swap years ago, John Bolton says

Mr Bolton, who was the national security adviser under Mr Trump for 17 months from 2018 to 2019, told CBS that the Trump administration had the opportunity to trade Mr Whelan for convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout in 2018.

“The possibility of a Bout-for-Whelan trade existed back then and it wasn’t made, for very good reasons having to deal with Viktor Bout,” he said.

Mr Whelan - a US, Canadian, British and Irish citizen who served in the US Marines from 2003 to 2008 - was arrested in Russia in December 2018.

Mr Whelan, now 52, was working as a director of global security and investigations for BorgWarner and made many business trips to Russia over the years.

In 2020, Mr Whelan was convicted of espionage offences and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Mr Whelan was originally expected to be part of negotiations, with the US seeking to swap both him and Ms Griner for Bout.

Mr Whelan told CNN he was “greatly disappointed” to learn he was not part of the prisoner swap, saying: “I don’t understand why I’m still sitting here.”. »

Ukraine says Russia has abducted more than 13,000 children since the invasion began. A rights watchdog called it a war crime

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Russia has deported 13,000 children from Ukraine since the start of the war, an official said Friday.

Bill Van Esveld, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, said forcible deportations are war crimes.

Throughout the war in Ukraine, Russia has faced numerous allegations of atrocities and war crimes, many of which are backed by substantial evidence. »

Biden Under Pressure for Marijuana Reform After Brittney Griner Release

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Griner was swapped Thursday for notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout after she was held in a Russian jail cell for about 10 months.

Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), called Griner's imprisonment "a grotesque affront to the concept of justice.".

Those perspectives are shared by numerous other organizations that work daily to reform both federal marijuana laws and the U.S. criminal justice system. »

The Colosseum Is Reportedly The First Of A Series Of Planned DLC For Elden Ring

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Elden Ring recently received its Colosseum DLC update, but this is reportedly the first of a series of planned content for the From Soft game.

Well-known enthusiast of From Software titles Lance McDonald took to Twitter to share that the Colosseum DLC update that Elden Ring recently received is the first of a series of planned content for the title.

He added that the Colosseum DLC is called “DLC1” internally, and it was planned to be the first DLC since before the game’s release. »

11,000-Year-Old Carving of Man Holding His Penis, Surrounded by Leopards, Is Oldest-Known Depiction of a Narrative Scene

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The world’s oldest narrative scene, depicting humans and animals in a two-panel carving, has been discovered by archaeologists in Turkey.

This human figure features a round face, large ears, and bulging eyes, and is wearing a triangular-shaped neckband.

The horns of the bull and the teeth of the leopards are especially emphasized, which serves to heighten the danger in each scene. »