The CIA in a statement pushed back against a New York Times report that U.S. spies paid $100,000 to a Russian who said he could provide them with previously stolen hacking tools from the National Security Agency (NSA). The repoprt also claimed the Russian offered to provide damaging information about President Trump, which the CIA said it didn’t want, according to the Times.
“The fictional story that CIA was bilked out of $100,000 is patently false,” the spy agency said in a statement reported by AFP.
“The people swindled here were James Risen and Matt Rosenberg,” the CIA added, referring to The Intercept and New York Times reporters, respectively, who wrote the stories.
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