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The U.S. freed a close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in exchange for the release of 10 Americans imprisoned in the South American country and the return of fugitive defense contractor Leonard Francis known as "Fat Leonard." Francis is at the center of a massive Pentagon bribery scandal, the Biden administration announced Wednesday. U.S. Marshals Service/via AP hide caption

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Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro speaks in Caracas, Venezuela, on Dec. 4, 2023. Ariana Cubillos/AP hide caption

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U.S. strikes prisoner swap deal with Venezuela, plus extradition of 'Fat Leonard'

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Leonard Francis, a Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed "Fat Leonard," who orchestrated one of the largest bribery scandals in U.S. military history, has been arrested in Venezuela after fleeing before his sentencing, authorities said. U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File hide caption

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