Andrew Brunson has been in a Turkish prison for just over a year — one year and four days, to be exact. The circumstances of his captivity have led to a growing outcry from critics of the Turkish government and its increasingly authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But some groups here in the U.S. who have the ear of Ankara have remained silent on the issue of Brunson's false imprisonment and on Erdogan's recent proposal to hand over Brunson in exchange for a political enemy exiled in the States.

The Atlantic Council, the Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC), the Turkish Heritage Organization (THO), and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — all of which have financial or cultural ties to Turkey and Erdogan — have remained silent on Brunson's imprisonment.

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