Skip to comments.Suspicions of Russian Bounties Were Bolstered by Data on Financial Transfers
Posted on 06/30/2020 10:42:11 PM PDT by upchuck
Analysts have used other evidence to conclude that the transfers were most likely part of an effort to offer payments to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan.
American officials intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russias military intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked account, evidence that supported their conclusion that Russia covertly offered bounties for killing U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, according to three officials familiar with the intelligence.
Though the United States has accused Russia of providing general support to the Taliban before, analysts concluded from other intelligence that the transfers were most likely part of a bounty program that detainees described during interrogations.
Investigators also identified by name numerous Afghans in a network linked to the suspected Russian operation, the officials said including, two of them added, a man believed to have served as an intermediary for distributing some of the funds and who is now thought to be in Russia.
The intercepts bolstered the findings gleaned from the interrogations, helping reduce an earlier disagreement among intelligence analysts and agencies over the reliability of the detainees. The disclosures further undercut White House officials claim that the intelligence was too uncertain to brief President Trump. In fact, the information was provided to him in his daily written brief in late February, two officials have said.
Afghan officials this week described a sequence of events that dovetailed with the account of the intelligence. They said that several businessmen who transfer money through the informal hawala system were arrested in Afghanistan over the past six months and were suspected of being part of a ring of middlemen who operated between the Russian intelligence agency, known as the G.R.U., and Taliban-linked militants...
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NYT=Lies. Always, since the 1930s.
Nonsense!!! Pure unadulterated crap from the number one crap machine, the Ny slime.
More NYTs bullshit. I hope the REAL (you know, the patriotic ones, not the coup plotters) American intelligence personnel are running the serial numbers on the currency they found against the serial numbers of the transport plane load of American currency that Obama/BIDEN/Kerry gave to the Iranians.
Seems like the NYT is at full employment with all 5 writers contributing to this malarky...
They try to win fake political points for Dems by intimating Trump is a Russian puppet, or is unpatriotic, or some other negative wish list item.
You are exactly right, they DEFENDED the Kerry/Obama cash on the tarmac for the Iranians saying it was old frozen assets.
It’s literally clinical. 5 morons to write such garbage.
Great fiction from NYT. Could do with a bit of help with sentence structure and some grammar.Not up there with War & Peace but worthy of some kind of award. /Sarc
This is all a PLOT by the DEEP STATE because they greatly fear Trumps success at forging close relations with Russia. But Russia is a NATURAL ALLY for our CHRISTIAN REPUBLIC.
The Deep State fears an alliance between the worlds two leading Christian powers. They prefer we emulate the weak, socialist West Europe allies countries where the atheistic populations turn themselves over global Islam without a fight. The powers that be can work with that.
The decadent, decaying European democracies are lost. Trump sees that. He also sees the enormous potential in an alliance with the pious, free market-loving new Russia. Thats just one of many reasons why the DEEP STATE fears the wisdom of Trump.
Well, goodness gracious! Why didn’t you say so in the first place? Had I known you had such definitive and well supported evidence, I wouldn’t have deemed your story to be the same convoluted Russian-hysteria bull crap you always squirt out. My bad.
So, what they’re telling us is that after all these years, the Taliban are tired of fighting and they have to have a monetary incentive to kill Americans now. And all this time I thought killing an American was its own reward.
NYT is now the 18th intelligence agency. What cra*.
not five “writers”.
Reporting was contributed by Fahim Abed, Najim Rahim, Helene Cooper and Nicholas Fandos.
THE MORE NYT “WRITERS”, THE BIGGER THE LIES.
They know their crap has great appeal for Russophobia neocon swine(John Bolton, Linda Graham, Lincoln Project,etc)
I suspect that there were bounties, but it was Iran offering them, and this is a diversion attempt.
Of course the Russians supports the Taliban. But the direct bounty seems unlikely to me unless it was low level action.
Russia is and always will be our enemy.
FIVE “adult professionals” to write this?? LOL!
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