The New York Times reports:
United States intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted their superiors as early as January to a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan, according to officials briefed on the matter.
They believed at least one U.S. troop death was the result of the bounties, two of the officials said. The crucial information that led the spies and commandos to focus on the bounties included the recovery of a large amount of American cash from a raid on a Taliban outpost that prompted suspicions.
Interrogations of captured militants and criminals played a central role in making the intelligence community confident in its assessment that the Russians had offered and paid bounties in 2019, another official has said.
Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!! https://t.co/cowOmP7T1S
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2020
I’m betting one or more intelligence officials publicly rebuke you & claim you’re full of shit. That you and @VP #Pence were briefed. And then you’ll scream “deep state” and fire them. Because you’re a pathologically-lying sociopath… #Putin #Russia #Trump
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) June 29, 2020
Is this like the “intel” you got that President Obama’s birth certificate was fake, which you never corroborated?
Intelligence and Donald Trump shouldn’t be used in the same sentence.
— Biden War Room (Text UNITED to 30330) (@BidenWarRoom) June 29, 2020