Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Obama Adminstration Secretly Sent Money to Iran as Iran Released Hostages

The Wall Street Journal reports:
The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.
Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.
The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
The settlement, which resolved claims before an international tribunal in The Hague, also coincided with the formal implementation that same weekend of the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Tehran, the U.S. and other global powers the summer before.
Why Obama administration officials denied that the payment was ransom paid, the they admit that the Iranians wanted something "tangible," i.e. the cash, for entering into the deal. Iranian officials in the Iranian press described the payment as ransom for release of the prisoners.

And if it wasn't "ransom," then why the secrecy and why all the work in securing other currencies to make the payment?


Kilroy said...

if you are curious:

Paul K. Ogden said...


The Snopes link just takes you to an article talking about legal negotiations regarding the return of money frozen by the United States years ago. That's not news. In fact, it was reported in the articles suggesting the possibility that the money was in fact ransom money. It certainly doesn't disprove it was ransom money. U.S. officials even admit that the monetary payment on the legal settlement was the something "tangible" that the Iranians wanted for doing the deal and releasing the hostages. Iranian officials go further saying the money was, in fact, a ransom paid by the U.S. government to get the hostages back.

So we're supposed to believe it was all one big coincidence, a fact that U.S. officials deny? Don't piss on my leg and then try to convince me it's raining.

Kilroy said...

The article provides links and citations for the entire reason for the $400 million that has nothing to do with getting hostages back. But far be it for me to ruin a good conspiracy story.

leon dixon said...

Buying Clinton is pretty easy, apparently. Buying Trump would take some serious coin.

Paul K. Ogden said...


Are you kidding? All it takes to win Trump over is to stroke his overinflated ego. That's exactly what Putin did. From the Michael Morell NYT article:

"President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was a career intelligence officer, trained to identify vulnerabilities in an individual and to exploit them. That is exactly what he did early in the primaries. Mr. Putin played upon Mr. Trump’s vulnerabilities by complimenting him. He responded just as Mr. Putin had calculated.

Mr. Putin is a great leader, Mr. Trump says, ignoring that he has killed and jailed journalists and political opponents, has invaded two of his neighbors and is driving his economy to ruin. Mr. Trump has also taken policy positions consistent with Russian, not American, interests — endorsing Russian espionage against the United States, supporting Russia’s annexation of Crimea and giving a green light to a possible Russian invasion of the Baltic States.

In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation."