No, U.S. Intelligence Has Not Concluded Russian Bounty Story Was a ‘Hoax’ or ‘Fake’

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Defenders of former President Donald Trump and critics of President Joe Biden have seized on revelations about a U.S. intelligence assessment of the Russian bounty story to claim that it was a hoax or a fake all along.

On Thursday, the Biden administration revealed that “The United States intelligence community assesses, with low to moderate confidence, that Russian intelligence officers sought to encourage Taliban attacks against U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan in 2019 and perhaps earlier, including through financial incentives and compensation.”

When these reports surfaced in the American media last year, they prompted a blizzard of criticism for Trump and his administration because the reporting alleged
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