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WSJ: NSA expressed special opinion on information about alleged Russian payments to Taliban

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WSJ: NSA expressed special opinion on information about alleged Russian payments to Taliban

The Wall Street Journal notes that this is not the first time the agency has taken a more conservative stance compared to other intelligence services.

The National Security Agency has diverged significantly with other intelligence services in assessing claims that Russia paid bounties for the killings of American soldiers in Afghanistan..

This was reported by the Wall Street Journal..

Citing unnamed “knowledgeable people”, the newspaper notes that the dissenting opinion of the NSA, which specializes in wiretapping, came at a time when the White House is trying to downplay these allegations, stating that they have not been confirmed and that the intelligence services have not come to a single position about them.

People familiar with the NSA’s special position declined to comment or were unable to say why it differs from the position of other agencies, including the CIA, regarding the reliability of intelligence that indicates that the Russian intelligence service GRU paid rewards to the Taliban for killing Americans , the article says..

At the same time, the Wall Street Journal notes that in the past, the NSA has taken a more conservative stance compared to other intelligence services in its analysis of high-profile intelligence materials, including those related to Russia..

An assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, ordered by outgoing President Barack Obama in January 2017, said that while the CIA and FBI had a “high degree of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin was seeking to improve Donald Trump’s chances of being elected The NSA expressed only “moderate confidence” in this, the newspaper points out.

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