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Politics Intercepted financial data raised suspicions about Russian bounties: report

22:31  30 june  2020
22:31  30 june  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Large financial transfers intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies led to raised suspicions about Russian bounties, according to The New York Times.

a group of people in uniform sitting on a rock: Intercepted financial data raised suspicions about Russian bounties: report © Getty Images Intercepted financial data raised suspicions about Russian bounties: report

The Times reported on Friday that President Trump was provided with written briefs on intelligence that Russia offered bounties to incentivize Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, the newspaper reported that U.S. analysts concluded that large financial transfers intercepted by the U.S. were likely bounties from the GRU, Moscow's military intelligence agency, to the Taliban.

Intelligence suggests Russian bounties led to deaths of several US troops in Afghanistan: report

  Intelligence suggests Russian bounties led to deaths of several US troops in Afghanistan: report Russian bounties on coalition forces in Afghanistan are thought to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members, according to intelligence findings reported on by The Washington Post on Sunday.Evidence obtained during interrogations of enemy combatants linked the recently reported program - which Russia has denied ever existed - to multiple incidents in which U.S. forces were killed, the Post reported. It was unclear how many service members were targeted or how many deaths were specifically linked to the alleged Russian policy.

The analysts found that several Afghan businessmen who transferred money through the informal "hawala" system over the past six months served as middlemen for these transactions. The transfers reportedly quelled disagreements among intelligence officials on whether the initial intelligence about Russian bounties was credible.

White House officials claimed Trump was not briefed on the intelligence because it was too uncertain.

The White House did not mention this to GOP lawmakers on Monday when they were briefed on the intelligence, the Times reported.

Trump has described the intelligence as "not credible" and a "hoax." Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have asked administration officials to explain what Trump knew about the threat.

In a press conference Tuesday morning, a group of Democrats who had just been briefed at the White House questioned why Trump's advisers did not make sure Trump saw the intelligence as he kept cordial communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Senate Democrat: Russian bounties intel 'the type of information that has to be seized by the president' .
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Sunday criticized President Trump's response to intelligence alleging Russian officials offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. service members, saying the president should have "seized" on those reports."If there's credible evidence that Russia is trying to entice Afghanis to kill American servicemen, that is a serious issue," Reed said on ""If there's credible evidence that Russia is trying to entice Afghanis to kill American servicemen, that is a serious issue," Reed said on "Fox News Sunday.

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