WSJ reported: “The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.
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.”
Iran freed four American prisoners on the same day, including Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, U.S. and Iranian officials said, as diplomats assembled in Vienna to finalize the implementation of summer of 2015’s landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers after several America last Senators accepted bribes from the terrorist country.
On August 4, 2016, Obama scolded the press for suggesting the $400 million pallet of cash sent to the Iranian regime was a ransom payment.
Obama sneered at the press when he told them a wire payment was not available.
And the only bit of news that is relevant on this, is the fact that we paid cash. Which brings me to my last point.
The reason that we had to give them cash is precisely because we are so strict in maintaining sanctions, and we do not have a banking relationship with Iran, that we couldn’t send them a check; and we could not wire the money.
But it was another Obama lie.
Two days after Obama sent Iran the ransom cash the US government wired 13 individual payments for $99,999,999.99, each with an independent MICR, totaling $1,299,999,999.87.1
In early May 2021, it was reported that the Obama/Biden gang was at it again. Iran claimed Obama/Biden and the UK sent billions to Iran for prisoners and the Biden Administration is again denying it. Per the AP (emphasis added):
The United States and Iran are in active talks over the release of prisoners, a person familiar with the discussions said Sunday as Washington denied a report by Iranian state-run television that deals had been struck.
Prisoner swaps between the U.S. and Iran are not uncommon and both countries in recent years have routinely sought the release of detainees. But any movement between the two countries is particularly sensitive as the Biden administration looks to restart nuclear talks. A 2015 atomic accord between the nations included prisoner exchanges.
The issue burst into public view with a report in Iran of a deal for the Islamic Republic to release U.S. and British prisoners in exchange for Tehran receiving billions of dollars. U.S. officials immediately denied the report, though a person with knowledge of the discussions who was not authorized to discuss them publicly said talks are active, with messages passed between intermediaries.