Daily Mail: Did Obama pay a $400m ransom for American prisoners? The US secretly shipped cash to Iran as Americans were released in January - but Obama DENIES it was part of secret deal for their release
* President Obama's administration paid $400m to Iran as part of a failed arms deal as they also lifted nuclear-related sanctions
* Four Americans were also released by Iran as part of a prisoner exchange
* Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian was among them, U.S. confirms
* Former U.S. Marine, a pastor and a fourth man were also set free
* Critics claim Obama gave cash as hostage payment for the four Americans
* But Us officials insist the exchange came after ease of tensions between the two countries following the resolution
* Fifth American man - a student - was also freed but not as part of the swap
* Trump responded to the report, claiming Hillary Clinton was behind the deals when she was secretary of state between 2009 and 2013
The US secretly flew $400 million stashed inside wooden pallets out to Iran as four Americans were released from Tehran - but the Obama administration insists it was not a ransom payment.
The pallets, which were stuffed with euros, Swiss francs and other foreign currencies, arrived in Tehran on January 17. That same day, four US citizens were released in exchange for seven Iranians held in the United States.
Officials denied any link between the payment and the prisoner exchange, saying the deal was part of a $1.7 billion settlement to resolve a failed 1979 arms deal, the Wall Street Journal reports.
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