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Senior defense official concerned 'Merchant of Death' Viktor Bout may resume arms trafficking
Fox News ^ | December 9, 2022 | Louis Casiano , Liz Friden

Posted on 12/09/2022 1:39:58 PM PST by george76

Bout is alleged to have fueled multiple conflicts across the globe through arms dealing, sometimes to both sides

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A senior defense official is concerned that convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the "Merchant of Death" .. could go back to illegally trafficking weapons, thereby fueling deadly conflicts around the world.

"I think there is a concern that he would return to doing the same kind of work that he's done in the past..

Bout was in the middle of serving a 25-year prison sentence in a U.S. prison for several offenses, including conspiring to kill Americans

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Bout, a former Soviet military officer known as the "Merchant of Death," spent years supplying weapons to dictators and to conflicts across the world, sometimes supplying both sides.

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Many of the weapons he sold fueled civil wars in Africa. Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is believed to have been a customer.

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Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said there is no equivalence "between the Brittney Griners of the world and people like Viktor Bout."

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we cannot ignore that releasing Bout back into the world is a deeply disturbing decision,"

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Bout was nabbed in 2008 in a sting operation at a luxury hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, where he met with Drug Enforcement Administration informants who were posing as officials with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which has been classified by US officials as a narco-terrorist group.

Prosecutors said that Bout was prepared to provide the group with $20 million worth of "a breathtaking arsenal of weapons — including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles, machine guns and sniper rifles — 10 million rounds of ammunition and five tons of plastic explosives."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; Russia; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: africa; armsdealer; armsdealing; banglist; bout; civilwars; colombia; dea; farc; guncontrol; guns; machineguns; merchantofdeath; missiles; russian; sniperrifles; viktorbout; weapons
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1 posted on 12/09/2022 1:39:58 PM PST by george76
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Ya think so?


2 posted on 12/09/2022 1:40:58 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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Russian media laughing that they got Viktor Bout for Griner rather then the marine
says only reason is because she is female, black and gay

https://rumble.com/v1zup44-russian-media-laughing-that-they-got-victor-gout-for-griner.html


3 posted on 12/09/2022 1:41:39 PM PST by janetjanet998
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Nah, he’s a reformed man who has seen the error of his ways. He’s going to take an honest job changing tires and oil on cars or maybe plumbing. The Russian bigwigs who sprung him want nothing in return.

What a silly thought that he could return to arms trafficking. These defense guys just crack me up.


4 posted on 12/09/2022 1:42:19 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom (If you're not part of the solution, you're just scumming up the bottom of the beaker!)
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Kind of like the Vindman brothers.


5 posted on 12/09/2022 1:42:27 PM PST by hope (Get involved at every level!)
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ya mean like the friggin TALIBAN COMMANDERS 0bozo traded for that fag bergdal went back to war???

that kind?


6 posted on 12/09/2022 1:42:30 PM PST by Chode (there is no fall back position, there's no rally point, there is no LZ... we're on our own. #FJB)
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Between the weapons we left behind in Afghanistan, and the ones we sent to Ukraine, there is no better time to be a merchant of death.


7 posted on 12/09/2022 1:43:07 PM PST by thegagline (Sic semper tyrannis! Goldwater 2024)
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“...because she is female, black and gay and a dope smoking, hate-America fiend

AND

“...because he is male, white and heterosexual and patriotic and clean.


8 posted on 12/09/2022 1:43:43 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom (If you're not part of the solution, you're just scumming up the bottom of the beaker!)
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Of course he will. This was the plan all along. Who is working for the Russian again?


9 posted on 12/09/2022 1:44:37 PM PST by realcleanguy (quickly things are falling apart, now that the )
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A clue for the clueless?


10 posted on 12/09/2022 1:44:54 PM PST by antidemoncrat
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Yeah, I really can’t picture this dude spending his days asking, “Do you want fries with that?”


11 posted on 12/09/2022 1:46:38 PM PST by RandallFlagg ("Okay. As long as the paperwork is clean, you boys can do what you like out there." -Fifi)
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Ya think? 😆


12 posted on 12/09/2022 1:47:11 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped)
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A senior defense official is concerned that convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the “Merchant of Death” .. could go back to illegally trafficking weapons

WHAT??? Noooo..Who would think such a thing...besides NaziPelousy said he had almost finished his term anyway!

Freakin worrywarts...


13 posted on 12/09/2022 1:48:09 PM PST by Adder (ALL Democrats are the enemy. NO QUARTER!!)
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Guess what weapons he’ll be selling. Some of the ones we’re sending to Ukraine but not keeping track of.


14 posted on 12/09/2022 1:49:30 PM PST by Pollard ( >>> The Great Reset is already underway! <<<)
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We sell arms all over the world. I guess we only sell them to the “good” guys.


15 posted on 12/09/2022 1:52:39 PM PST by alternatives? (The only reason to have an army is to defend your borders.)
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Well if a few thousand die it will be worth it because “one of our best is home”..right?


16 posted on 12/09/2022 1:54:33 PM PST by gibsonguy
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I wonder if the guy can get me that new rifle I’ve been wanting. Does he have a web site?


17 posted on 12/09/2022 1:56:05 PM PST by Fai Mao (Stop feeding the beast, and steal its food!)
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Is this a joke?

He’s a freaking arms merchant. That’s what they do.


18 posted on 12/09/2022 1:56:30 PM PST by Flick Lives (Cui bono)
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Concerned? But why?


19 posted on 12/09/2022 1:57:26 PM PST by Tommy Revolts
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Need to drone him. That would take the smile off of Putins face.


20 posted on 12/09/2022 2:04:19 PM PST by natalie227
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