American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.
Even Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston) agreed:
If reporting about Russian bounties on US forces is true, the White House must explain:— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) June 28, 2020
1. Why weren’t the president or vice president briefed? Was the info in the PDB?
2. Who did know and when?
3. What has been done in response to protect our forces & hold Putin accountable?
And yet, for Sean Parnell, this is the way to go:
This is exactly right. We need answers. https://t.co/WloVGAFtsp— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) June 28, 2020
Doing so actually puts clandestine operators at risk. IE: if the Russian bounty story is accurate, maybe we didn’t want the Russians to know that we knew about it. Maybe there’s a US op to target who’s responsible. Now the Russians have a heads up that something may be coming.— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) June 28, 2020
CNN previously reported that Russian intelligence officers for the military intelligence GRU recently offered money to Taliban militants in Afghanistan as rewards if they killed US or UK troops there, according to a European intelligence official. US intelligence concluded months ago that Russian military intelligence offered the bounties, amid peace talks, and Trump was briefed on the intelligence findings and the White House's National Security Council held a meeting about it in late March, according to the Times, citing officials briefed on the matter.
United States intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted their superiors as early as January to a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill American troops in Afghanistan, according to officials briefed on the matter. They believed at least one U.S. troop death was the result of the bounties, two of the officials said.
But by all means, Sean, continue to make excuses for the guy. History will reward you for it.