“Someone Should Ask Hillary Clinton If She Thinks Paying Ransom For Hostages Encourages The World’s Thugs To Take More Americans Hostage.”
Excerpts from The Wall Street Journal
By: Editorial Board
Thursday, August 4, 2016
“When is a payment for hostages not a ransom? When the Obama Administration says so.
“That’s how the State Department has tried to spin a $1.7 billion settlement the U.S. reached with Tehran in January, when the nuclear deal was finalized and Tehran released five American hostages, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian.
“New reporting by the Journal’s Jay Solomon and Carol Lee blows apart this story. On the day the U.S. hostages came home from Iran, an unmarked cargo plane landed in Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport with cash amounting to $400 million of euros, Swiss francs and other currencies. U.S. law forbids direct dollar transactions with Iran, and the $400 million in cash wasn’t disclosed to Congress. Justice Department officials objected but were overruled.
“Cash is an excellent way to pay terrorists, fund Hezbollah in Syria and the Houthis in Yemen, and buy dual-use, nuclear-related hardware—which Iran continues to do, according to reports from Germany’s intelligence services.
“Oh, and Iran has taken three more Americans hostage and insists that the U.S. owes $2 billion in assets frozen in 2009 to pay the victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism …The Ayatollah is clearly angling for additional payments for these new hostages. Iran also knows it can threaten to walk away from the nuclear deal if its new cash demands aren’t met.
“[S]omeone should ask Hillary Clinton if she thinks paying ransom for hostages encourages the world’s thugs to take more Americans hostage.”
Read the full editorial here.
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