Russian bounties and the perils of anonymous news sourcing

Last Friday, the New York Times carried an article that claimed that the Russian military had offered bounties to the Taliban in Afghanistan last year to kill U.S. and coalition troops. The NYT also claimed that President Trump was briefed about this at an emergency meeting in March and that intelligence officials had recommended myriad tough measures such as sanctions against Russia, but the White House did not approve of them. The White House categorically denied the allegations on Saturday.  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that neither the president nor the vice president had been briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence. The Russians also dismissed reports, according to Reuters, quoting the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.  "This primitive informational dump clearly demonstrates low intellectual abilities of the propagandists at the American intelligence...(Read Full Post)
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