The administration of the incumbent President of the United States decided to declassify the unconfirmed intelligence about the bonuses that China allegedly offered to the Taliban terrorist group (banned in Russia) for attacks on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
This information was voiced by National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien during a briefing to the President on December 17. It is not known whether President-elect Joe Biden or members of Congress are aware of the situation.
The New York Times reported on June 26, citing intelligence agencies, that Russian military intelligence secretly offered to pay for the killing of American servicemen in Afghanistan. In this way, Moscow allegedly wanted to derail U.S. peace talks with the Taliban, the publication said.
Russia described the accusations as groundless. Various U.S. agencies had difficulty confirming the reliability of the information, but the U.S. intelligence community finds the evidence quite convincing. Later, the Pentagon also found no evidence of this.