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Uh huh: WH says $400 million delivered to Iran on day prisoners freed was ‘coincidence’ and not ransom

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By Doug Powers  •  August 3, 2016 07:59 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Obama in June of last year:

First, I’m updating our hostage policy. I’m making it clear that our top priority is the safe and rapid recovery of American hostages. And to do so, we will use all elements of our national power. I am reaffirming that the United States government will not make concessions, such as paying ransom, to terrorist groups holding American hostages. And I know this can be a subject of significant public debate. It’s a difficult and emotional issue, especially for the families. As I said to the families who are gathered here today, and as I’ve said to families in the past, I look at this not just as a President, but also as a husband and a father. And if my family were at risk, obviously I would move heaven and earth to get those loved ones back.

From the Wall Street Journal yesterday:

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.

State Dept. spox John Kirby said the timing was just a coincidence because the money wasn’t ransom but rather part of a $1.7 billion bribe to get the Ayatollah to sign off on the Iran deal settlement “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.”

This administration will try to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge just as soon as they’re finished buying it from Iran.

Update:

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Video of Earnest’s reaction:

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