The summer was just heating up when The New York Times published a “bombshell” story yet again citing unnamed officials. The Times claimed that a Russia spy unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan in 2019 to kill U.S. troops. The kicker was that President Donald Trump allegedly knew about the bounties and did nothing.
“The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year,” the Times reported on June 26. “Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money, the officials said.”
The Times said the three reporters who wrote the story received their information from officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity who said Trump and his National Security Council were brief on the matter.