The Defense Department said late Monday that there is “no corroborating evidence” to support the explosive New York Times report last week that said the Russian military offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
H/T: Fox News
“The Department of Defense continues to evaluate intelligence that Russian GRU operatives were engaged in malign activity against United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan,” Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement. “To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports.”
“Regardless, we always take the safety and security of our forces in Afghanistan — and around the world — most seriously and therefore continuously adopt measures to prevent harm from potential threats,” he added.
New York Times: Russia paid bounties to kill American troops— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) June 30, 2020
Pentagon: There is ‘no corroborating’ evidence to support that claim
I think it’s time for the fake news NY Times to cancel themselves!
After enjoying big splash from sensational #RussianBounty expose, #NYT retreating to shore-admitting "the underlying intelligence was conflicting." In 3 years of @realDonaldTrump all NYT/Russia reporting has been based on "conflicting" intelligence— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 30, 2020
-Also known as wishful thinking
Here’s #RussianBounty story in a nutshell:— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) June 29, 2020
1-US raid randomly discovers wad of cash in Afghan hut (How much? In a safe? Under a bed? In Capone’s vault?)
2-Clever intell op exclaims, “Say I think this cash came from Moscow!”
3-During daily briefing @realDonaldTrump is told or not.
Pentagon cites ‘no corroborating evidence’ to support Russian bounty payments to Taliban https://t.co/PySQpVBJCH— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 30, 2020
JUST IN: Statement from the Pentagon on the intelligence that Russian GRU operatives had offered bounties for US troops in Afghanistan:— Kristina Wong 🇺🇸 (@kristina_wong) June 30, 2020
“To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports.” pic.twitter.com/Q1rOjtgQXc
The same people who “broke” the Russia hoax story now expect us to believe their reporting on President Trump ignoring bounties on American troops?— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 29, 2020
Don’t think so!
Pentagon: 'No Corroborating Evidence' Russians Offered Bounties for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan https://t.co/mPnkgYDLJ7— Zyite.com (@zyiteblog) June 30, 2020