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Trump & Pence by no means briefed on ‘Russian bounties for Taliban’, NYT story ‘inaccurate’ – US intelligence chief

Trump & Pence never briefed on ‘Russian bounties for Taliban’, NYT story ‘inaccurate’ – US intelligence chief

The US director of nationwide intelligence has distanced himself from an NYT report claiming Russia paid cash to the Taliban for killing US troopers in Afghanistan. He stated the White Home was by no means briefed on the matter.

The declare revealed by the New York Occasions is, like many such tales, based mostly on nameless intelligence sources. It says Russia paid “Taliban-linked militants” in Afghanistan to kill US navy service members, and that President Donald Trump did nothing after studying about it.

The White Home has denied that both Trump or Vice President Mike Pence had been ever briefed on the alleged state of affairs by US intelligence. Director of Nationwide Intelligence John Ratcliffe backed the denial and stated the unique story and “all different subsequent information reviews about such an alleged briefing are inaccurate.”

The dynamic between the US mainstream media and the Trump administration on this case follows the identical sample seen in a earlier bombshell report accusing the president of inaction within the face of a overseas risk.

In April, ABC Information claimed Trump had been briefed a couple of navy intelligence report which warned {that a} catastrophic outbreak of a viral illness was rising from China. The Nationwide Heart for Medical Intelligence (NCMI), the service which allegedly produced the report on what’s now identified the Covid-19 pandemic, denied ever writing such a doc.

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The Taliban bounties story was immediately picked up by the standard suspects of the #Resistance, who noticed it as a chance to assault Trump from the suitable. MSNBC’s senior Russiagate peddler Rachel Maddow gushed that Vladimir Putin paid Taliban for American “scalps” and Trump knew it.

Trump-bashing automobile the Lincoln Challenge has launched an advert accusing the president of “standing by” Russian troops.

Whereas the bounties twist, with its Wild West vibe, is a brand new one, makes an attempt to color Russia as being in cahoots with the Taliban are hardly unprecedented. For instance, in 2017, some high US generals claimed that Moscow was operating weapons for the Afghan militant motion. However when the top of US protection intelligence was requested about it by lawmakers, he stated no bodily proof “of weapons or cash being transferred” was ever discovered.

Russia referred to as the NYT story an “unsophisticated” piece of disinformation that calls into query the “mental skills of the propagandists from US intelligence,” who couldn’t give you one thing extra believable.

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