Taliban, Moscow, White House All Reject NYT’s Reporting on Afghanistan Bounties

Taliban, Moscow, White House All Reject NYT’s Reporting on Afghanistan Bounties

Democrats slam Trump for not taking action after receiving a briefing that might not have happened, NYT doubles down

“On Friday, The New York Times reported that Russia offered Taliban-linked militants bounties for killing US troops in Afghanistan last year. The Times story was based on information they received from anonymous intelligence officials who were “briefed on the matter.” The report also claimed President Trump was briefed on the findings, a claim that was quickly rejected by the White House.“While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA Director, National Security Advisor, and the Chief of Staff can all confirm that neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement on Saturday. President Trump also denied receiving a briefing on alleged Russian bounties in a tweet on Sunday.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe also rejected the Times report. “I have confirmed that neither the President nor the Vice President were ever briefed on any intelligence alleged by the New York Times in its reporting yesterday,” Ratcliffe said in a statement on Saturday.

Russia also denounced the Times story on Saturday and called the accusations “baseless and anonymous.” The Russian Embassy said on Twitter that the report has led to “direct threats to the life of employees of the Russian Embassies in Washington DC and London.”

For their part, the Taliban also rejected the claims. “The nineteen-year jihad of the Islamic Emirate is not indebted to the beneficence of any intelligence organ or foreign country,” the Taliban said in a statement. The group also reiterated their commitment to the peace deal signed with the US earlier this year…..”

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