Friday, August 5, 2016

Iran Shows-Off Its 'Ransom Cash'

BBC: Iran cash payment: Did Tehran film transfer?

The affair was murky enough even before Donald Trump got involved.

Why did the US government authorise the transfer of $400m (£305m) in cash to Iran at the same moment that four American captives were released by the Iranian government?

Even the US Justice Department objected to the timing of the payment, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

"People knew what it was going to look like, and there was concern the Iranians probably did consider it a ransom payment," the Journal quoted a person "familiar with the discussions" as saying.

"It's so sad, so disgusting," the Republican presidential nominee said on Thursday as he campaigned in the north-eastern state of Maine.

But rather than focusing solely on the fact of the payment - reportedly made in euros, Swiss francs and other currencies - and the apparently suspicious timing, Mr Trump went further, first when addressing a rally in Florida on Wednesday.

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WNU Editor: The cash is shown at 11:00 in the above video. BBC Persian reporter Hadi Nili has also posted the footage on Twitter.. According to the same BBC reporter .... the Iranians are calling it part of the "expensive price" to release Americans.

Update: Could Trump have been right? Propaganda film suggests Iran DID videotape cash-drop plane and photograph shipment of cash during January prisoner swap (Daily Mail).

Update #2: President Obama is on vacation at Martha's Vineyard .... expect no White House comment until the end of August (when this story is forgotten and dead). Now back to what is now the main stream media's #1 news story for the weekend .... Donald Trump's team of economic advisers are successful white businessmen .... Donald Trump’s new team of billionaire advisers could threaten his populist message (Washington Post) .... and that the Trump kids have killed a lot of animals .... Animal Rights Activists Interrupt Clinton Rally; Hillary: "Trump's Kids Have Killed A Lot Of Animals" (RCP).

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