U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed

Obama administration insists there was no quid pro quo, but critics charge payment amounted to ransom —>

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Wall Street Journal article by By JAY SOLOMON and CAROL E. LEE

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.

Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.

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  • oldgringo

    It was more than just ransom…it was a deal brokered for the Iranian’s signing of John Kerry’s anti-nuclear pledge…See how easy it is to agree…just offer money and the Iranian’s will promise you the moon…Look how easy it was for the Iranians to secure 150 billion dollars just by signing a promissory note…meanwhile their nuclear endeavors continue as usual.