Source: Chris Menahan | Information Liberation
The US intelligence community on Thursday “walked back” their claim that Russia put “bounties” on American troops heads in Afghanistan.
Their BS claim was used to pressure Trump not to pull out of Afghanistan. Trump rightfully dismissed the story as a “hoax” but kept our troops in Afghanistan and only made a largely meaningless commitment to pull out during the next administration on May 1st.
Biden blew off the May 1st commitment but on Wednesday he announced he intends to pull out of Afghanistan by September 11th.
One day later, the “intelligence community” admitted the story was a load of crap.
From The Daily Beast:
U.S. Intel Walks Back Claim Russians Put Bounties on American Troops
It was a huge election-time story that prompted cries of treason. But according to a newly disclosed assessment, Donald Trump might have been right to call it a “hoax.”
by Adam Rawnsley, Spencer Ackerman, Sr.
Apr. 15, 2021
It was a blockbuster story about Russia’s return to the imperial “Great Game” in Afghanistan. The Kremlin had spread money around the longtime central Asian battlefield for militants to kill remaining U.S. forces. It sparked a massive outcry from Democrats and their #resistance amplifiers about the treasonous Russian puppet in the White House whose admiration for Vladimir Putin had endangered American troops.
But on Thursday, the Biden administration announced that U.S. intelligence only had “low to moderate” confidence in the story after all. Translated from the jargon of spyworld, that means the intelligence agencies have found the story is, at best, unproven—and possibly untrue.
“The United States intelligence community assesses with low to moderate confidence that Russian intelligence officers sought to encourage Taliban attacks U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan in 2019 and perhaps earlier,” a senior administration official said.
The Daily Beast pushed the hoax story repeatedly:
The rest of the media pushed it like crazy:
Glenn Greenwald highlighted how the media spread this disinformation to millions (while demanding their truth-telling critics be censored from the internet):