U.S. Conducts Major Prisoner Swap With Venezuela

As part of a major prisoner swap between the United States and Venezuela, Venezuela has arrested Leonard Glenn Francis, the fugitive defense contractor who admitted to a $35 million bribery scheme in the largest corruption scandal in U.S. military history, and returned him to the U.S. along with 10 Americans detained by the government of Nicolás Maduro, Samantha Schmidt, Ana Vanessa Herrero and Craig Whitlock report for the New York Times. In exchange, President Biden has agreed to grant clemency to Alex Saab, a close Maduro ally who was awaiting trial in Miami on federal money laundering charges. This is the largest prison swap between the Biden administration and the Maduro government to date. In addition to the 10 Americans, Maduro is releasing 20 Venezuelan political prisoners as part of an agreement reached in October between the Venezuelan government and opposition leaders.

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