White House Insists $400 Million Was Not Iranian Hostage Ransom
The Iranian government released several American hostages in January 2016, and their release coincided with the U.S. airlifting millions in cash.By Lindsay Gloor | August 3, 2016
"I am reaffirming that the United States government will not make concessions, such as paying ransom, to terrorist groups holding American hostages," President Obama said in a statement in June 2015.
A recent Wall Street Journal report is calling that policy into question after the U.S. reportedly delivered $400 million in cash to Iran at the same time American hostages were released.
In January, White House and U.S. State Department officials simultaneously announced the release of hostages, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, and a $1.7 billion settlement for a previous financial dispute dating back to before the Iranian Revolution.