The New York Times reports:
American officials intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked account, which was among the evidence that supported their conclusion that Russia covertly offered bounties for killing U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, according to three officials familiar with the intelligence.
Though the United States has accused Russia of providing general support to the Taliban before, analysts concluded that the transfers were most likely part of a bounty program that detainees described during interrogations. Investigators also identified by name numerous Afghans in a network linked to the suspected Russian operation, the officials said — including, two of them added, a man believed to have served as an intermediary for distributing some of the funds and who is now thought to be in Russia.
EXCLUSIVE: Data intercepts showed GRU-to-Taliban $ transfers & a key intermediary fled to Russia, bolstering earlier detainee accounts about a Russian bounty op. Trump WH omitted in its briefing to GOP lawmakers as it downplayed intel as murky/contested. https://t.co/bmMd4V7Fjt
— Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) June 30, 2020
There you have it.
– U.S. intel intercepted electronic data showing large $ transfers from a #GRU bank account to the #Taliban. One #Taliban intermediary is now in #Moscow.#Trump was briefed on this information in February 2020.https://t.co/NdbszwOw85 pic.twitter.com/lIMRjqvtQb
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) June 30, 2020