Intelligence officials cast doubt on Times’ Russia-Taliban bounty scheme: report

7/1/20
 
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from New York Post,
6/29/20:

Intelligence officials say a news report about Russia paying the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan does not match “verifiable” Taliban activity and was never presented to President Trump because it was not deemed credible.

The National Security Agency reviewed the claims contained in the New York Times report but found it did “not match well established and verifiable Taliban and Haqqani practices,” according to reporting by CBS News’ senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge, who tweeted that she spoke to an intelligence official with direct knowledge.

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