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U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed


Obama administration insists there was no quid pro quo, but critics charge payment amounted to ransom


Updated Aug. 3, 2016 12:01 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.

Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.

The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

2 thoughts on “U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed

  1. Nothing to see here.
    Move Along.
    These are not the stories you are looking to report on…

  2. grounds for impeachment….

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