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A handwritten letter from Brittney Griner was delivered to the White House Monday morning, according to the Griner family, who have provided excerpts to reporters. In her letter, the imprisoned WNBA star begged the president not to forget her, saying her already deep appreciation for Independence Day has taken on new meaning this year.

“I am terrified that I will be here forever,” wrote Griner, who has been detained in Russia since mid-February. “On July 4, our family normally honors the service of those who fought for our freedom, including my father who is a Vietnam War veteran.

Griner, whose process started last weekused to be arrested at a Moscow airport in February after Russia claimed she had cannabis oil in her luggage. A Russian judge ordered Griner, the Phoenix Mercury center that played in Russia during the WNBA season, to remain in custody for the duration of the trial.

The US has said Griner will be… wrongly detained

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WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives at a hearing at the Khimki court, outside Moscow, on June 27, 2022.

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In her personal plea, Griner urged Biden to release all American prisoners. “I realize you’re dealing with so much,” she wrote, “but please don’t forget about me and the other American prisoners. Please do everything you can to get us home.”

Griner noted in the letter that she voted for Mr Biden in 2020, the first time she voted. “I believe in you. I still have so much good to do with my freedom that you can help me recover,” she wrote.

While some supporters support a prisoner swap, Griner’s detention and trial are reaching an all-time low in US-Russia relations amid the war in Ukraine

“We believe that the Russian Federation is improperly detaining Brittney Griner. President Biden has been clear about the need to see all US citizens held hostage or improperly held abroad, including Brittney Griner, released. continues to work aggressively — using whatever means available — to bring her home,” National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in a statement Monday. “The president’s team is in regular contact with Brittney’s family and we are will continue to work to support her family.”

Griner’s wife, Cherelleand family had no further comment on the letter.

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