White House Caught Secretly Airlifting $1.7 Billion US Taxpayer Cash To Tehran To Ensure Iran Nuclear Accord Success

Tyler Durden's picture

What Donald Trump has proclaimed the worst deal ever made, may just have become worst-er. The shocking truth behind the US-Iran nuclear deal, as WSJ reports, is that John Kerry and the Obama Administration airlifted $1.7bn of cash in 'compromise' payments (read - bribe) to Tehran to ensure the release of 4 captured sailors coincidentally the same weekend as the signing of the nuclear deal.

With all the chatter of helicopter money as solution to the western world's economic ills,The Wall Street Journal's Jay Solomon and Carol Lee expose, it appears The Obama Administration is already busily dropping cash where ever it needs things done in a hurry...

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.


The settlement, which resolved claims before an international tribunal in The Hague, also coincided with the formal implementation that same weekend of the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Tehran, the U.S. and other global powers the summer before.


“With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well,” President Barack Obama said at the White House on Jan. 17—without disclosing the $400 million cash payment.

Of course, senior U.S. officials denied any link between the payment and the prisoner exchange. They say the way the various strands came together simultaneously was coincidental, not the result of any quid pro quo.

But U.S. officials also acknowledge that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.

Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a fierce foe of the Iran nuclear deal, accused President Barack Obama of paying “a $1.7 billion ransom to the ayatollahs for U.S. hostages.”


“This break with longstanding U.S. policy [not to] put a price on the head of Americans, and has led Iran to continue its illegal seizures” of Americans, he said.


Since the cash shipment, the intelligence arm of the Revolutionary Guard has arrested two more Iranian-Americans. Tehran has also detained dual-nationals from France, Canada and the U.K. in recent months.

Perhaps most ironically, the Iranians did not want US Dollars...

Iranian press reports have quoted senior Iranian defense officials describing the cash as a ransom payment. The Iranian foreign ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment.


The $400 million was paid in foreign currency because any transaction with Iran in U.S. dollars is illegal under U.S. law. Sanctions also complicate Tehran’s access to global banks


The Obama administration has refused to disclose how it paid any of the $1.7 billion, despite congressional queries, outside of saying that it wasn’t paid in dollars. Lawmakers have expressed concern that the cash would be used by Iran to fund regional allies, including the Assad regime in Syria and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, which the U.S. designates as a terrorist organization.




Mr. Kerry and the State and Treasury departments sought the cooperation of the Swiss and Dutch governments. Ultimately, the Obama administration transferred the equivalent of $400 million to their central banks. It was then converted into other currencies, stacked onto the wooden pallets and sent to Iran on board a cargo plane.


On the morning of Jan. 17, Iran released the four Americans: Three of them boarded a Swiss Air Force jet and flew off to Geneva, with the fourth returning to the U.S. on his own. In return, the U.S. freed seven Iranian citizens and dropped extradition requests for 14 others.

We leave it to Sen. James Lankford (R., Okla.) to conclude:

“President Obama’s…payment to Iran in January, which we now know will fund Iran’s military expansion, is an appalling example of executive branch governance,... Subsidizing Iran’s military is perhaps the worst use of taxpayer dollars ever by an American president.”

And now comes the big test of the mainstream media in America - can they stop discussing Trump and Khizr Kahn for long enough to question the deliberate obfuscation of facts in yet another foreign policy snafu by the administration?

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g speed's picture

spend thrift nigger

BandGap's picture

Guess its not a secret anymore.

omniversling's picture

That they didn't want USD?


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Reminds me of how the Romans paid bribes to just about every enemy they had not to sack Rome....for today at least.

philipat's picture

I wonder how much of that was donated to the Clinton "Foundation"?

OrangeJews's picture
OrangeJews (not verified) philipat Aug 2, 2016 7:56 PM

The MAGRAV Technology must have scared the shit out of them.

wee-weed up's picture

I'm sure the MSM will be all over this...

glenlloyd's picture

Yeah...I bet the MSM slobs barely touch it.

It would seem after a time that with things as bad as they are they couldn't help but acknowledge the situation...apparently not.

Anyway, if you're expecting them to come out and be critical I wouldn't hold my breath. I've even criticized my local network news people for just parroting what the MSM boobs say. Does very little good, I just quit watching news...it's not really news anyway, just made up crap.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Corrupt as hell and terrible foreign policy, BUT at least an obscene amount of conjured fiat went to benefit 4 individuals who thought they were serving their country.

MissCellany's picture

What's that old saw? "What you subsidize, you get more of?"

Oh, swell. So now every "hostile" nation-state on the face of the globe knows that holding Americans for ransom means bigtime payola...

techpriest's picture

Especially if you procure a couple nukes on top of it.

Aristotle of Greece's picture
Aristotle of Greece (not verified) techpriest Aug 2, 2016 11:19 PM

IRAN was never the problem. THIS is the REAL PROBLEM.

N2OJoe's picture

Didn't America use to hang traitors back in the day? I wonder if that extended to the half-black house?

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Yes, it is not "bribe", it is "ransome". Of course Russia is gas and execute taker of hostage, but Amerikansky under Obama is so, how do you say, pliable. Or maliable? Or capitulatory? Weak? Miserable? Pathetic? Please, help Boris, what is right word for dysregulated regime cannot tell friend from foe?

NoDebt's picture

Boris- yes, yes, yes and yes.  All of the above.  

philipat's picture

Incidentally, in Asian cultures it is EXTREMELY rude to fold ones arms like in this picture when talking to another person, actually the height of arrogance. Of course, Ketchup boy wouldn't have a clue but I'm sure it was not accidental and done for effect in the Iranian media back home.

HedgeJunkie's picture

And *POOF*!


Each and every American now has a price on their head while in a foreign country.


Argentina needs to start looking for tourists and journalists from good ol'USA.  Solve their economic conundrum overnight.

neutrino3's picture

Fucked up ... with big chance for repair?

tdag's picture

Right so, Boris my friend, and now we enter the New World of Trump. Eagerly redesigned to be tough, forceful, pragmatic...and so the pendulum swings...and nothing changes.

SoDamnMad's picture

I can't even say that word without thinking it has clinical medical connotations , which it doesn't

SoDamnMad's picture

Let's all join in and teach Boris new words to build his vocubulary. He already knows liar, cheat, crook and cunt so lt's move on to a higher level.

Can we. NO  OK to the slime pit we go.

1033eruth's picture

^ Cash was for ransom as article suggested

V Cash was for "other" reasons that will remain unknown because its "classified"

Ransom was the excuse they used to justify the transfer of funds.  How many people on this this thread BELIEVE we transferred that kind of cash as ransom and it wasn't for other reasons?  

Tarzan's picture

Well Boris, if he were dealing with his foes you might say he's all of the above, just another weak appeaser bearing tribute for peace,

but since he's sending the money to his friends, it's more like an investment toward his cause, the rise of his brethren and destruction of his foes, America.

No, he's not a weak pathetic dolt, but you did hit on the real question, is the man in the White House a friend or a foe?

just like the cash sent to the Muslim Brotherhood, he's simply funding his partners, with our cash! 

That makes him a Muslim spy bent on our destruction, a conniving psychopath with a lust for blood!

I'm thinking Obama our Muslim Foe fits the bill.....

Normalcy Bias's picture

It was probably engineered from the White House to create an excuse for a large payout. Nothing about that incident passes the 'smell test.'

The evil Iranian dwarf, Valerie Jarrett, is surely all over this.

38BWD22's picture



It will be of great interest to see if the White Hut and Madame Jarrett get pasted for this in the MSM.



Naah!  What am I writing?

I guess I'll just have to, to, to...:



Vatican_cameo's picture


"In God we Trust, All others pay Cash".

HopefulCynic's picture

Wow, they actuall payed a breach of contract! Good.

I really do not know what the deal is about, never cared, I stopped reading about it sometime ago, I think they never needed a deal, this was just Hubris of the US and Israel, Iran has every right in pursuing a nuclear weapon if it wants to, if it withdraws from the NPT first. Besides, there is no credible evidence that Iran wanted a nuke, on the contrary Iran's position has been the same, that it is inmoral and thus they don't want one. Although they DO WANT Israel gone (but come on WHO doesn't?), it does not mean they want to destroy the land as well, it is Israel that threatens that with the Samson Option.  If they had wanted one they would already have one, including a thermonuclear one plus the missile. 


Now if anyone can tell me what the deal was about (terms) in a concrete manner, I would appreciate it, then I can know if it was good or not, but from my POV, I just see more strong arming and extortion from the US, that wishes everyone to submit to their whims. 

Tarzan's picture

Ya, I agree, totally. 

If my neighbor gets the wise idea of building a nuke in his back yard it's non of my business, it's his yard! 

Never mind the guy is suicidal, hates his neighbors, threatens to kill us all, and believes God told him to do so in exchange for virgins....


There are no good guys in this fight, America is run by an evil cabal, and the Iranians are just another useful idiot!

Save_America1st's picture

wonder how much of that is in phyzz silver and gold?  I guess I'm the only one wondering this so far...but I bet it's a lot.

No.Fifth.Turning's picture

No body pays this kind'da money....unless they were blackmailed.  The Iran "thing" turned on a dime didn't it? BFF!!!!!!!



HopefulCynic's picture

It goes like this:


Iran: We do not have to sign a deal, We have every right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, and also if we want to we also have the right to withdraw from the NPT, and pursue nuclear technology for war purposes. Why would i sign a deal with you?


Washington: I don't know you tell me (flexing it's muscles)


Iran: Well..., for starters, we had some f-14 that their maintenance cost went up 10 times more because you had a temper tantrum when we told you we were a sovereign nation, and decided to breach the contract so you can pay for that and we can begin negotiations.

cheka's picture

iran war.  global warming.  peak oil.  peak water.  hate us for our freedoms.  incubator babies.  yellow cake.  those are contrails.  swine flu.  hellary for prez.  currency wars.  china is enemy of nyc/dc.  pancake theory.  bin laden sea burial.  sandy hook.  free trade.  brain drain.  clawbacks. 


Stuck on Zero's picture

Now Iran can use all that money to bribe our politicians to consumate another lucrative deal.

TeaClipper's picture

Do we really need to put the sarc tag on every comment its used, for you?

spyware-free's picture

Juxtapose Obama cash being sent to Iran and his comments today about Trump being unfit for President and the liberal media nodding their heads in approval and it pretty much encapsulates why the American public is fed up with the "establishment" lies and bullshit.

tdag's picture

it's all just printed, so who gives a shit?

HowdyDoody's picture

This is just distraction from the fact that the US has paid Israel ~$5bn 'compensation' for the Iran deal going through. The Iran issue was created solely by Netanyahu in order to either goad the US into bombing Iran (goys gotta die for Israel) or extort more money from the US. The Democrans and Republicrats have been in a bidding war to see who could be more slavish to Israel. Israel, as usual, is laughing all the way to the bank and thinking how stupid the goys really are. Well, the goys really are fucking stupid.


csmith's picture

Really...about 2.4 seconds worth of production. Rounding error.

DocBerg's picture

So far it has made Drudge and The War Street Journal.  The latter is pretty much mainstream...

wee-weed up's picture



The War Street Journal is not conservative.

It is for anything that perpetuates the Wall Street bankers status quo... i.e. Hitlery...

To whom they've paid millions for secret "quid-pro-quo" 20 min speeches.

bigkahuna's picture

True that. I have noticed that the MSM is very regularly playing their part in the "watch them get away with this - and theres nothing anyone can do about it" theme.

I mean we have corzine along with the GS, JPM, BAC types who blew the seal off of the bullshit container - and now the politicians who have always been on the other half of the corruption are finishing the job.

Anyone paying the slightest amount of attention knows all of these assholes are guilty as fuck - but we keep on watching them all get away with it. Its like we need to go up there ourselves and do the justice system's job for it or something....

beemasters's picture

How much is Israel getting from the US taxpayer's coffer each year again?
Nevertheless, Netanyahu is in the process of drawing two more Mickey Mouse bombs for his next UN presentation.

crazzziecanuck's picture

Well, no.  I believe these "payments" were actually the lifting of illegaly siezed Iranian assets the US government grabbed back in 1979.

Kinda shocked they would be able to pry it out of JPMorgans fingers...

philipat's picture

I think you might be confusing two separate items. Frozen Iranian assets of over USD 30 Billion, were unfrozen. This was widely misreported by MSM as "The US gave Iran USD 30 Billion" without bothering to add that it was already Iran's own money that was frozen by sanctions. This money was already in the Banking system and was released in the form of digital transfers.

As I understand it, this USD 1.7 Billion cash payment was direct from USG and had no connection with the first item? This being the most transparent Adminstration ever, I'm sure it will be fully accounted for.......

cheka's picture

but the iraqi people's billions.....poof into nyc HOLIDAY bonus pools?