U.S. Intel walks back claim Russians put bounties on American troops

It was a huge election-time story that prompted cries of treason. But according to a newly disclosed assessment, Donald Trump might have been right to call it a “hoax.”


Daily Beast: It was a blockbuster story about Russia’s return to the imperial “Great Game” in Afghanistan. The Kremlin had spread money around the longtime central Asian battlefield for militants to kill remaining U.S. forces.

It sparked a massive outcry from Democrats and their #resistance amplifiers about the treasonous Russian puppet in the White House whose admiration for Vladimir Putin had endangered American troops.

But on Thursday, the Biden administration announced that U.S. intelligence only had “low to moderate” confidence in the story after all. Translated from the jargon of spyworld, that means the intelligence agencies have found the story is, at best, unproven—and possibly untrue.

“The United States intelligence community assesses with low to moderate confidence that Russian intelligence officers sought to encourage Taliban attacks U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan in 2019 and perhaps earlier,” a senior administration official said.

“This information puts a burden on the Russian government to explain its actions and take steps to address this disturbing pattern of behavior,” the official said, indicating that Biden is unprepared to walk the story back fully.

Significantly, the Biden team announced a raft of sanctions on Thursday. But those sanctions, targeting Russia’s sovereign debt market, are prompted only by Russia’s interference in the 2020 election and its alleged role in the SolarWinds cyber espionage.

(In contrast, Biden administration officials said that their assessment attributing the breach of technology company SolarWinds to hackers from Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service was “high confidence.”)  read more..


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  1. And I will say this: if you are not a coward and not a dog wandering from the trash can – have the courage, like a real man, to meet and talk, discuss questions. And look in the eyes! In the eyes! And God forbid you to nonsense. Because Russians are spiritual people and very subtly feel falsehood. Be smart and HONEST, Uncle Sam. This is your last chance. Games by your rules are over. You did everything to earn the stigma of liars, untrustworthy negotiators and schemers. The whole world knows that the American government is the most infamous liars and clowns in the world. Try to prove otherwise. Maybe we will believe you, and then we will think about what to do with you. This is the bottom guys.
    P.s. Sorry for my good American friends. But your politicians… they are your dishonor…

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