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If this wasn’t a ransom payment to Iran, the Obama admin set a new coincidence record; Updated

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By Doug Powers  •  August 17, 2016 09:55 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

The Obama administration claims they made two completely unrelated deals when they shipped to Iran a $400 million installment payable in euros, Swiss francs and Chuck E. Cheese game tokens while US citizens held in that country were being released:

President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials have said the payment didn’t amount to ransom, because the U.S. owed the money to Iran as part of a longstanding dispute linked to a failed arms deal from the 1970s. U.S. officials have said that the prisoner release and cash transfer took place through two separate diplomatic channels.

Did I mention the two events were totally unrelated?

New details of the $400 million U.S. payment to Iran earlier this year depict a tightly scripted exchange specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran.
[…]
U.S. officials wouldn’t let Iranians take control of the money until a Swiss Air Force plane carrying three freed Americans departed from Tehran on Jan. 17. Once that happened, an Iranian cargo plane was allowed to bring the cash home from a Geneva airport that day.

It wasn’t a “ransom,” but rather a “coincidence fulfillment payment.”

Update:

State Department spox John Kirby today said this today:

That certainly fits my definition of “ransom.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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