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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

American officials intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia's 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.

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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. The businessmen were arrested in what the officials described as sweeping raids in the north of Afghanistan as well as in Kabul.

It appears (quelle surprise) that Trump is lying yet again regarding the intelligence being 'uncertain'. This is obviously the reason someone(s) leaked this information to get the truth out to the American public about this President's utter capitulation - even with US soldiers' lives at stake - to be more concerned with Putin's desires than he is with America's defense.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-30 08:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not just mothers are speaking out.

Father of Slain Marine Finds Heartbreak Anew in Possible Russian Bounty

Erik Hendriks has largely avoided news reports since his son, Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, was killed by a car bomb in Afghanistan in April 2019.

But the news that several American officials believe that a Russian military intelligence unit paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American and coalition troops in Afghanistan has been impossible to ignore, especially as he has learned that the attack in which his son and two other Marines died may have been related to that effort.

"If it does come out as true, obviously the heartache would be terrible," Mr. Hendriks said.

"I am a Republican and I am a Trump supporter," he said. "But there would be no way he didn't know about it if Russians were paying off these cowards like mafia pay off hit men. I would expect the government to have 1,000 percent support behind these warriors."

Not this President and not when it involves Putin, Russia, or their interests when counter to our own. Perhaps his draft-dodging bone spurs diagnosis should have given him a clue.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-30 10:01 PM | Reply

Perspective on Trump's priorities:

What the president was doing the same day the PDB reportedly detailed that Russian intelligence was offering bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. forces in Afghanistan, while a deadly pandemic was spreading across the country.

Put this tweet in a museum[:]

Trump spent 45 minutes today w/producers behind a play that dramatized the text messages between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, complaining about why "some people are in prison and others aren't." He is now meeting with Diamond and Silk and others.
5:50 PM Feb 27, 2020

twitter.com

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-07-01 08:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3

Every single time that Trump claims that he wasn't aware of specific information or was too involved elsewhere, his tweeting activity or his daily schedule for that day should be brought up for comparison.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-01 08:44 AM | Reply

If Pres Trump did not know about it at the time, he knows about it now.

What is he doing about it?

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-07-01 09:17 AM | Reply

Op-Ed: Why Does Trump Put Russia First?
www.nytimes.com

...It's exceedingly difficult to believe that no one told the president about the intelligence on Russian efforts to harm Americans in Afghanistan.

Since at least February, and possibly as early as March 2019, the United States has had compelling intelligence that a committed adversary, Russia, paid bounties to Taliban-linked fighters to kill American troops in Afghanistan. American service members were reportedly killed as a result.

To this day, the president of the United States has done nothing about it.

Instead, President Trump dismissed the intelligence as not "credible" and "possibly another fabricated Russia hoax, maybe by the Fake News" that is "wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!"

Mr. Trump also claimed that neither he nor Vice President Mike Pence was ever told about this critical intelligence before it was first reported in The New York Times. Setting aside for a moment the credulity of that claim, whenever the president learned of this deeply troubling intelligence, why did he not publicly condemn any Russian efforts to kill American soldiers and explore options for a swift and significant U.S. response?

None of this adds up....


Also problematic for Pres Trump is that his story on this has been changing, nearly daily. And the stories his aides have been using to deflect have also been changing.

What are they hiding?

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-07-01 09:20 AM | Reply

Also problematic for Pres Trump is that his story on this has been changing, nearly daily. And the stories his aides have been using to deflect have also been changing.
What are they hiding?
#6 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

I will take a stab at this one.

The Truth.

#7 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2020-07-01 06:09 PM | Reply

Thank goodness only 20 kids were killed last year due to bounties. I'm curious if Alfa is facilitating these transfers? If true, then these would have to known to our intelligence services who could then intervene.. but failed to at least 20 times? If it's actionable intelligence surely they don't need Trump to grunt approval for any activities. This feels like it's designed to hurt Trump rather than save lives. How interesting!

#8 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-07-01 07:56 PM | Reply

Get back to me when the innocent civilians killed in US drone strikes around the world get a chance at justice. Perspective, you all are lacking it.

#9 | Posted by billy_boy at 2020-07-01 09:37 PM | Reply

@#8 ... If true, then these would have to known to our intelligence services who could then intervene.. but failed to at least 20 times? If it's actionable intelligence surely they don't need Trump to grunt approval for any activities. ...

Ummmm... Actually, they do.

Pres Trump is called the Commander in Chief for specific reasons. I doubt if "retaliation for Pres Putin paying to take out Americans soldiers" is part of the command authorization given to the field.

But the odd part...

Why hasn't Pres Trump acted against Pres Putin in this matter?

Why has Pres Trump castigated the messenger instead of taking action against Pres Putin?

Why has Pres Trump changed his story so many times as he tries to explain it?



#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-07-01 09:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Perspective, you all are lacking it.
#9 | POSTED BY BILLY_BOY

The issue, you are dodging it.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-07-01 11:47 PM | Reply

"Get back to me when the innocent civilians killed in US police shootings around the country get a chance at justice."

^
Also dodging the issue.
Also, how the eff do dead people get justice?
The injustice can't be undone.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-07-01 11:50 PM | Reply

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