90 Miles From Tyranny : Trump briefed on unverified intelligence about China offering bounties in Afghanistan

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Trump briefed on unverified intelligence about China offering bounties in Afghanistan

Makes me wonder if the Russian assassination leak was disinformation to protect deep pockets China.... -MM
The Trump administration is declassifying unconfirmed intelligence indicating that the Chinese government offered bounties to nonstate actors in Afghanistan to attack U.S. soldiers, the Washington Examiner can confirm, following President Trump being briefed on the claims in recent days.

The revelation was first reported by Axios on Wednesday, which cited two senior administration officials, and a senior intelligence official and a senior administration official separately confirmed the reporting related to the declassified intelligence with the Washington Examiner.

If true, the bounties would represent a massive escalation by China in its power competition with the United States. Last month, the Washington Examiner learned about the Trump administration’s intentions in its waning days to crack down on China.

The unverified China bounty intelligence was part of the the President’s Daily Brief on Dec. 17, Axios reported, and White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien personally briefed Trump on the uncorroborated intelligence, according to officials cited by the outlet.

A senior official told Axios “the U.S. has evidence that the PRC attempted to finance attacks on American servicemen by Afghan non-state actors by offering financial incentives or bounties” and that the National Security Council "is coordinating a whole-of-government investigation." The Washington Examiner does not know what level of confidence the intelligence community has in the China bounty intelligence. The House and Senate Intelligence committees, Biden transition team, and Chinese Embassy did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.

The revelations come after the New York Times reported in June that a U.S. intelligence assessment concluded Russian military intelligence paid Taliban-connected militants in Afghanistan to kill U.S. and other coalition troops as the Trump administration sought to reach a peace deal involving the Taliban and the Afghan government, but U.S. officials stressed the intelligence was unverified.

Gen. Frank McKenzie said in September that “it just has not been proved to a level of certainty that satisfies me.” The commander of the U.S. Central Command, which oversees Afghanistan, added: “We continue to look for that evidence. I just haven't seen it yet.”

Numerous national security and intelligence officials said this summer that the Russia intelligence was not...

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1 comment:

DOB said...

Everything about Russia, Russia, Russia these past 4 years has been disinformation to keep anyone from seeing what was behind the curtain. The bamboo curtain.
It has been China, China, China all along.