White House: No Consensus Among US Intel on Alleged ‘Russian Bounties’ for US Troops in Afghanistan

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The New York Times’ allegation that Russia has been offering reward money to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill US and coalition troops has been attacked from all sides, with Moscow, the Trump administration and the Taliban itself saying that the claims aren’t true.

There is no general agreement among US intelligence agencies about the veracity of claims made in the New York Times about Russian military intelligence offering reward money to encourage the killing of US troops in Afghanistan, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has announced.

“The US receives thousands of reports a day on intelligence, and they are subject to strict scrutiny. While the White House does not routinely comment on alleged intelligence or internal deliberations, the CIA director, the National Security Advisor, and the Chief of Staff can confirm that neither the president nor the vice-president were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence,” she added, referring to the central claim of NYT’s piece that Trump ‘had been briefed’ on the bounty claims but failed to take action.

Pressed on the question, McEnany emphasized that “the president is briefed on verified intelligence,” adding that it was “irresponsible” of NYT to “falsely” report that Trump was briefed.

Earlier Monday, in an interview with Fox News, the White House spokeswoman promised that she would “clear up false reporting” surrounding the…

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