Freed US Marine veteran Trevor Reed is now “again within the USA,” his mother stated early Thursday — as a dramatic new video confirmed the Hollywood-like second when he was swapped for a Russian drug trafficker in a prisoner alternate.
“It’s been [a] very thrilling day for The Reed household,” the 30-year-old Texan’s mother, Paula Reed, tweeted of the return of her son who spent almost 1,000 days in a Moscow jail on trumped-up expenses.
Newly-released footage confirmed the prisoner swap on the tarmac of a Turkey airport in a second his dad, Jerry, had stated was “such as you see within the motion pictures.”
Reed, dressed all in black, could possibly be seen strolling from his jet and throughout the tarmac — passing Konstantin Yaroshenko, 53, the Russian drug trafficker who was free of his 20-year sentence in federal jail in Connecticut.
As his father famous, it was like a scene from a film like 2015’s “Bridge of Spies,” the Tom Hanks-starring Steven Spielberg flick a couple of earlier prisoner swap that freed American U-2 spyplane pilot Francis Gary Powers.
Reed was then flown house in a jet with a particular isolation tent over fears he has tuberculosis, his household instructed NBC Information. He arrived at an airport in San Antonio early Thursday.
Earlier than his arrival, his dad said, “I feel it’s going to actually hit house for him and for us once we lastly get to see him and contact him.”
The swap was almost three years within the making, with President Biden saying Wednesday that the negotiations “required troublesome selections that I don’t take evenly.”
The timing was notably stunning given escalating tensions with Russia amid its brutal struggle on Ukraine.
Reed had been behind bars since 2019, accused of assaulting two cops in Moscow whereas blackout drunk — getting sentenced to nine years after a trial that the US ripped as a “theater of the absurd.”
He not too long ago went on starvation strike to complain of brutal situations in his lockup.
Yaroshenko was serving a 20-year federal jail sentence in Connecticut for conspiracy to smuggle cocaine across the globe. The Justice Division had referred to as him “an skilled worldwide drug trafficker.”
With Put up wires