After seven months of denying that a ransom was paid to Iran to get back American hostages, the State Department finally admitted the truth.
REPORTER: So, getting away from the word “leverage,” which in basic English, you’re saying that you wouldn’t give them [Iran] the $400 million in cash until the prisoners were released. Correct?
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JOHN KIRBY: That’s correct.
That, after Obama himself adamantly lied about the ransom payment.
OBAMA: We do not pay ransom for hostages. We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here and we won’t in the future.
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Charles Krauthammer rebuked the administration, arguing it’s always been clear it was a ransom.
KRAUTHAMMER: I’m almost amused. This was so obvious on the day it was announced that it was ransom. All of us have seen movies. On the night it was announced, we talked about this and there was no question about it. I think I remember saying these guys are not paid enough, the spokesmen, who have to look in the camera and this time he couldn’t. He had to look down because it was so embarrassing. Of course it’s ransom. I think the real issue here is not the fact that we did ransom because I think people know that and we do in a lot of disguised ways. We did a prisoner exchange with Bergdahl for example, which is worse than giving away money. It’s that they lied and they lie shamelessly and they lie when the lie is uncovered. That’s what’s so scary.
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