The controversial Iran nuclear deal is looking worse by the day. In a bombshell of a story the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Obama regime secretly airlifted $400 million to Tehran in order to secure the release of four Americans held by the Iranians. It looks suspiciously like bribery in order to grease the rails on an agreement that has been promoted as a key part of Barack Obama’s legacy.
According to CNBC “US sent $400 million in cash to Iran as prisoners were freed, WSJ reports”:
The U.S. airlifted $400 million of cash to Iran, with the payment coinciding with the January release of four Americans held in Tehran, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing officials briefed on the covert operation.
Euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were packed into wooden pallets and flown to Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, the paper added. The money was procured from the Dutch and Swiss central banks.
The payment was made in foreign currency as it is illegal under U.S. laws to deal with Iran in dollars. Iran also still faces sanctions limiting its access to global markets.
The money was the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran earlier to resolve a dispute about the non-delivery of U.S. arms purchased by Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The goods were never delivered as the Iranian Revolution broke out soon after in 1979.
The cash has been portrayed as ransom payment by the Iranian press, although the country’s foreign ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment, the WSJ added.
Senior U.S. officials cited by the WSJ noted the payment and the prisoner exchange were coincidental and did not represent any quid pro quo.
The link to the original WSJ piece is here but a subscription is required.
In any decent country with a functional set of checks and balances news like this would be a huge scandal, especially given the fierce opposition to cutting deals with the mad mullahs over their nukes. However, our intrepid guardians of freedom in the mainstream media are busily reporting on Donald Trump asking for a crying baby to be removed from a rally – ever experienced such a disruption in a movie theater? – and pushing talking points that seem to be provided directly from Hillary Clinton headquarters.
The story is a textbook example of how the Obama regime conducts business as well as proof that Barry is manifestly unfit to serve as POTUS.