The New York Times published a report Monday that subtly undercut aspects of its reporting last week regarding intelligence indicating that a Russian spy unit paid the Taliban to attack American troops. The newspaper reported on Friday that the shocking intelligence had been briefed to President Trump in March. The story suggested with little equivocation that U.S. officials believed the intelligence. But on Monday, the Times reported only that the intelligence was included in a Feb. 27 Presidential Daily Brief commissioned for Trump. The paper also included more detailed reporting about disagreement in the intelligence community about the accuracy of the Russia-Taliban intelligence.
A report for The New York Times on Monday undercut a bombshell story that the newspaper published last week that said President Donald Trump had been briefed on intelligence that a Russian military spy unit was paying Taliban forces to attack American service members.
The new report is subtly different from the Times’ scoop from Friday, which said that “the intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump” in late March.
The original Times story also suggested that there was consensus in the intelligence community regarding the veracity of the Russian intelligence.