State Department now admits link between $400M cash payment to Iran & prisoner release

by CBS/AP  |  published on August 19, 2016

The Obama administration is revealing new details about the links between a $400 million cash payment to Iran and the release of four American prisoners in January.

On Thursday, the State Department admitted for the first time that the cash and prisoner release were linked.

Negotiations over the United States’ payment to Iran were conducted separately from the prisoner talks, State Department spokesman John Kirby said. However, he acknowledged the U.S. withheld delivering the millions in cash so it could maximize its leverage until the U.S. citizens being held in Iran were released.

More specifically, a senior U.S. official told CBS News’ Margaret Brennan that the administration held onto the cash deliberately while its diplomats pushed for the release of journalist Jason Rezaian’s mother and his wife.

The prisoner transfer was supposed to happen on January 16th, 2016 — the same day the nuclear deal was meant to go into effect — but was delayed until January 17, 2016 because Iranian security forces inexplicably hid the Washington Post reporter’s wife and mother at the airport.

  • Diane Brenner

    Our current congress has been known as the DO NOTHING congress since Obama took office. When it comes to the safety of our country, they DO NOTHING. I believe this is why Republicans won’t support Trump. They are afraid he’ll actually DEMAND they do something. Congress needs a total overhaul, and the sooner the better.

  • Vangie Martinez

    We already know that the Obama’s and Clinton’s LIE about EVERYTHING. They have no Morals or Ethics. They’re Both FRAUDS Always have been and Always will be. It’s up to us to stop them. GO VOTE FOR TRUMP 2016. Vote Early or Vote Absentee to stop the Voter Fraud.

  • Patrick Driscoll

    No……..we are all stunned!!!
    Not really. This has been going on since BO has been in WH

  • downdraft

    RANSOM…TREASON…MONEY LAUNDERER…OK, Congress…what are you going to do about this, yes, you our representatives?

  • wellilltellya

    all it really means, any AMERICANS in iran at risk to the same KIDNAPPING as the ones barry just gave RANSOME? I don’t believe it for one moment, on his way out of OFFICE his last DEAL was to give them NUKE MONEY

  • Bishop351

    Hey, we are all too stupid to get it…Obama is smarter than us all. He fooled the University of Chicago too. Tough life the Obama’s have had. Let’s see, violated oath of office too many times to recount, questionable birth certificate, questionable social security number, couldn’t pass the government’s own e-verify system, and questionable cabinet. Value = zero.

    • Anouk

      You are right saying Hussein Obama in being smart. He was fooling us since the beginning and now he is laughing to see how gullible and stupid most Americans are.
      This fraudulent traitor should have been impeached longtime ago.
      Now, it is too late. He is going to finish his dirty job of destroying this Great Country.
      IF Donald Trump doesn’t win and we have the corrupted liar Hillary in the WH, then…we know what it is going to happen to We The People.

  • BOC

    As that sweet ol’ rube from Mayberry Gomer Pyle used to exclaim, “Well Surr-prise, Surr-prise!!!”. Barry and his minions know most, well at least half, of the population knew what that this was paid ransom when the story was first reported to the public. They have no problem with the misdirection and lies they foist upon the public, because like the Clintons they are bulletproof regarding retribution, legal or otherwise.
    With this crew at the controls lawlessness with their Third World approach to governing this country and our place in the world has risen to levels unseen before in our history. This includes the four years of Carter that were an also abject failure. Problem is the J-School jerkoffs who report the “news” are believers themselves, making the fourth estate nothing more than the US’s version of Pravda, the Soviet State run news agency that also reported the “news” back in the salad days of the U.S.S.R.

  • solog

    Now, can the President be charged with lying and reporting false information….but instead, a vacation sounds about right, right about now…smh!

  • Rafael

    Still, congress do nothing about it, sending the message that they are all in on it! Why voting to re-elect any of them if they are just…ineffective???

  • Jack Leonard

    These traitors have done a lot to destroy America. Now they have put a price on the head of every American.


    Everyone new this was a ransom for the held American prisoners but Obama chose to lie to us as usual

  • Bob

    AGAIN, the American people were lied to about what the “transparent” Obama Admin is doing. AGAIN, Trump was right and called him on it. AGAIN, the media called Trump an idiot for calling out the President for illegal/immoral activities. And, AGAIN, no “mea culpa” from ANY Democrat for continuing the LIES of this Administration and their sycophants, including the Clinton Campaign and the LYING Democrat “leadership” in Congress. Not only should Obama and Clinton be held accountable. but Democrats, like Cummings from MD should be held accountable for their statements made calling the accounts of ransom lies and racism towards Obama.

  • Jean Langford M.


  • W. Coyote

    Whose money was it?

    • Mark Terzano

      Yours and mine.

      • W. Coyote

        Mark- Thank you for your reply. Actually, it wasn’t. It was Iranian money that Pres. Carter had frozen in 1979. President Obama announced the transfer in January as part of the nuclear deal. We held the money until we were sure all the hostages got out. Of course, that’s not the way our brave Republican friends will spin it.

        • Mark Terzano

          OK. Where was it sitting? Did it gain any interest in all that time? Wasn’t it considered war or conflict booty?

          • W. Coyote

            Good question. I assume it was sitting in a bank somewhere. Here is a pretty good summary:

          • Mark Terzano

            If Iran was the “bad kid on the block” why didn’t the US keep the money as the war/conflict booty? This deal makes the US look like the fools, also I cannot belive that they were not in a nuclear build-up. I went to college with a bunch of camel jockeys and most were studying engineering. Would they have given money back to us? Did you know that the hostages where all US Muslims? Very fishy inspite.

          • W. Coyote

            I think part of the nuclear deal was to unfreeze some of their assets. By the way, I don’t trust the Iranians any more than you do. But before the nuclear deal, they were free to build a bomb without any inspections. At least now, we have inspections. Also, I think opening up the economy of Iran to more world trade will give them more incentive to engage with the rest of the world. The Ayatollah’s regime has a real demographic problem on it’s hand as well. The young people almost succeeded in overthrow a few years ago before they were brutally beaten down. Next time, I’m not so sure.

          • Mark Terzano

            The world is a mess.

          • W. Coyote

            Well, I think you are right. But I don’t think the mess will be solved by electing a President who runs his mouth without thinking.

          • Mark Terzano

            You have to have determination to run the United States and Trump has that. We have had several presidents that have been morons and pushovers: Carter, Bush Jr., Clinton, and Obama.

          • W. Coyote

            “You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”
            “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”

            “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

            “My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure; it’s not your fault.”

  • Rodney Steward

    Everyone knew this was a Ransom, he can’t get it in his head that most Americans know different, this is NOT the thugs of Chicago or the 3rd world idiots of Kenya, WE ARE NOT STUPID!! Be a real muslim and kill YO-SELF!!

    • Glenda Jordan

      Thanks Rodney-your posts are often my first lol of the day.

      • Rodney Steward

        I get carried away sometimes, and have a great day Glenda!! 🙂

        • Glenda Jordan

          Well you keep doing what you do! In these dark, troubled times it’s like a breath of fresh air to laugh a lil’

          • Rodney Steward

            🙂 🙂 !!!!!!

    • Chris Robinette

      Sorry Rodney but Obama would have to be Japanese in order to be commanded to commit suicide and we would not want to insult the Japanese. But I do like the idea.

      • Rodney Steward

        Muslims blow themselves up in crowds quite a bit, and that’s what I’m getting at, blow up the whole bunch in the White house! And I would never insult the Japanese that way! :-

    • Robo-pro

      Very well said

      • Johnaeblanchard3

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  • johncq1

    Nice to know that we now pay ransom to terrorist organizations.

  • CMSgt, USAF, Retired

    The only statement from the State Department that I can absolutely verify that it is 100% truthful is, the pretender in chief is on the golf course. I might add, that’s where he needs to stay.

    • Richard

      I agree with what you said but would like to add:

      TRUMP/PENCE 2016>>>Obama/Hillary>>>GITMO 2017!!!
      Or a Firing Squad to set an example to the world of Islam !

      • CMSgt, USAF, Retired

        Richard, you are spot on.

        • Richard

          Forgot to add, Thank You for your service from a 1SG, US Army, Retired….
          Still am concerned with the Democratic Socialist Party with their voter fraud… many ignorant liberals have no idea what they are voting for…a government big enough to give them all those freebies is just as big at taking them back….or was it President R. Reagan that said,” We are a nation that is one generation from extinction.”

    • Chris Robinette

      The words from those being released were they were told that they would not be released UNTIL the money was on the ground and confirmed as to the amount. So the statement from the State Dept. that the planes crossed in the air was a lie just like the lie that this wasn’t a ransom payment. Obama and Killary like majority of democraps LIE!

    • Roy Fredrichsen

      Hey Sarge! Maybe after January we can keep him permanently retired
      on the golf course in Chicago so he can enjoy ALL his outlaw muslim friends.

  • David Stewart

    No surprise; if it’s harmful to the nation Obongo will do it!

    • helm20558

      Ain’t that the truth!

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