The Pentagon denies the Russian bounty story
DOD Statement attributable to Chief Pentagon Spokesman Jonathan Hoffman:
"The Department of Defense continues to evaluate intelligence that Russian GRU operatives were engaged in malign activity against United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan. To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports. Regardless, we always take the safety and security of our forces in Afghanistan — and around the world — most seriously and therefore continuously adopt measures to prevent harm from potential threats."
Nevertheless we are still seeing articles stating that this absolutely happened. Who has been asked about it? John F Bolton of all people.
Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence.
The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.
The White House did not respond to questions about Trump or other officials’ awareness of Russia’s provocations in 2019. The White House has said Trump was not — and still has not been — briefed on the intelligence assessments because they have not been fully verified. However, it is rare for intelligence to be confirmed without a shadow of a doubt before it is presented to top officials.
Bolton declined to comment Monday when asked by the AP if he had briefed Trump about the matter in 2019. On Sunday, he suggested to NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump was claiming ignorance of Russia’s provocations to justify his administration’s lack of a response.
“He can disown everything if nobody ever told him about it,” Bolton said
Wait what? Didn't Bolton say that he briefed Trump about it in March 2019, but then he gives Trump cover by saying that if no one told him then of course he can deny it? How does that make sense? Maybe it's just me. But if this news was actually confirmed in March 2019 then why did Bolton or anyone else not bring it to the country's attention? I would think Bolton would have made an issue out of that as well as members of congress on the the Senate and House Armed Services Committees who are now demanding that they want answers to why this wasn't addressed and why Russia wasn't spanked for doing it. (The Washington Post reported Sunday that it is believed some of the bounties did result in the deaths of Americans.)
The revelations cast new doubt on the White House’s efforts to distance Trump from the Russian intelligence assessments. The AP reported Sunday that concerns about Russian bounties were also included in a second written presidential daily briefing earlier this year and that current national security adviser Robert O’Brien had discussed the matter with Trump. O’Brien denies he did so.
Russia has denied that happened.
The Taliban has denied that happened.
The pentagon has denied that happened.
The NSA adviser has denied that happened.
Phewy we are going to say that it definitely did happen:
The administration’s earlier awareness of the Russian efforts raises additional questions about why Trump did not take any punitive action against Moscow for efforts that put the lives of Americans service members at risk. Trump has sought throughout his time in office to improve relations with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, moving earlier this year to try to reinstate Russia as part of a group of world leaders it had been kicked out of.
Officials said they did not consider the intelligence assessments in 2019 to be particularly urgent, given that Russian meddling in Afghanistan is not a new occurrence. The officials with knowledge of Bolton’s apparent briefing for Trump said it contained no “actionable intelligence,” meaning the intelligence community did not have enough information to form a strategic plan or response. However, the classified assessment of Russian bounties was the sole purpose of the meeting.
Just like the Intelligence community report of January 6, 2017 there is no there there to this story. WE BELIEVE or have HIGH CONFIDENCE that Russia interfered with the election is not proof that Russia INTERFERED WITH THE ELECTION. It someone's opinion that Russia INTERFERED WITH THE ELECTION.
And as usual:
The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the highly sensitive information.
So what was the damning evidence that Russia was offering a bounty on US troop's lives?
Concerns about Russian bounties flared anew this year after members of the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group, known to the public as SEAL Team Six, raided a Taliban outpost and recovered roughly $500 thousand in U.S. dollars. The funds bolstered the suspicions of the American intelligence community that the Russians had offered money to Taliban militants and other linked associations.
The intelligence in 2019 and 2020 surrounding Russian bounties was derived in part from debriefings of captured Talbian militants. Officials with knowledge of the matter told the AP that Taliban operatives from opposite ends of the country and from separate tribes offered similar accounts.
The officials would not name the specific groups or give specific locations in Afghanistan or time frames for when they were detained.
When did we decide that killing the troops that invaded your country was murder? Or why should they be labeled insurgents or terrorists if they are defending their country? Would we just lay over and do nothing if a foreign country invaded the US or would we fight to expel them? Would we consider ourselves terrorists or insurgents if we fought back? Somehow I highly doubt that.
This story is getting more traction and people are forgetting that they once said, IF THIS IS TRUE then..........
If people want Trump to protect the troops in Afghanistan they get behind the peace talks that are trying to end the longest damn war this country has embarked on.
And hoo-boy wouldn't it have been nice if the media and the Never Trumpers had given as much attention to the confirmed story of the Afghan War Papers that showed how 3 administrations and the military had lied to the country about how the war was going and if it was even winnable.
Families of the soldiers who have died have to deal with enough grief and shouldn't be subjected to this false story just so people can make Trump look like he doesn't care about them. Good grief will this shit ever get exposed for what it is? I can only hope Durham and Barr will expose how this was all made up and people finally see how they have been duped and want people held accountable for what they put this country through. I am not holding out much hope, but I do have a thin wafer size hope that they will.
HerHeinous weighs in:
I do not know if the reports of deaths are true, but I do know that many people did see the Hillary emails on Weiner's laptop and were sickened by their content. This is the information that Comey sat on for over a month before the NYC FBI office threatened to go public about if he did not inform congress of them. This is why he wrote that letter 11 days before the election. Hillbots blame Comey for informing congress, but had no concerns that her emails were found on Weiner's laptop or what they were about. Typical.