Report: Iran Rejected Secretly Offered Trump Admin Channel for Talks on Prisoners

A new report from the Wall Street Journal found that the Trump administration secretly reached out to the Iranian regime in December and proposed creating a direct channel with them to negotiate for the release of U.S. and Iranian nationals being held by both countries in what would be a potential prisoner swap.

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Iranian National Indicted With Criminal Charges Over HBO Hack

Federal prosecutors have slapped an Iranian national with criminal charges for hacking HBO and prematurely releasing several Game of Thrones scripts and episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, in addition to private executive emails.

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Report: Justice Department Seeking Evidence Tying Iran to HBO Hack

A new report has indicated that officials at the Department of Justice are preparing to announce several cases against Iranian suspects which include charges that said individuals hacked HBO, in a move that could motivate Congress to impose new sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Rep. Ed Royce Seeks to Block Cash Ransoms to Iran

On Tuesday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced legislation to prevent and ensure that the United States will never again makes ransom payments, or other cash payouts, to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Obama’s $400 Million Cash Payment to Iran May Be Unprecedented

A $400 million cash delivery to Iran to repay a decades-old arbitration claim may be unprecedented in recent U.S. history, according to legal experts and diplomatic historians, raising further questions about a payment timed to help free four American prisoners in Iran.

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Sen. Kirk: $400 Million to Iran ‘Ransom to Kidnappers’

The Obama administration continues to deny that a $400 million cash payment to the Iranian regime in January was a ransom for American captives released that month — even though the Iranian regime has described it as such.

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Islamic State Jihadis Kidnap 10 Indonesian Sailors in Philippines

On Tuesday, Indonesia announced that ten of its citizens, sailors working aboard a coal barge, had been kidnapped, with a ransom demand made by the Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines. Wednesday brought reports that elite Indonesian counter-terrorist units are standing by to assist in a possible rescue operation.


Iran Claims US Paid $1.7 Billion Ransom For American Hostages

The United States’ sent Iran $400 million in debt plus $1.3 billion in interest, and the money was disbursed as a ransom payment for four American hostages of the Islamic regime, a top Iranian commander said Wednesday afternoon. Therefore, the U.S. paid the Iranian regime $425 million dollars per American hostage, according to the commander.


ISIS Executes Christian Hostages During Muslim Holiday

The Islamic State has released a videotaped execution of three Assyrian Christian hostages, captured during a February offensive in Syria. The lives of hundreds more Christian captives remain in the balance, a point the savages emphasized by making three of them beg for ransom payments on camera.

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ISIS Demands Ransom for Norwegian and Chinese Hostages

The latest issue of the ISIS online magazine, Dabiq, includes photos of two men it claims to have taken hostage, and provides a telegram number for “whoever would like to pay the ransom” for their release.

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‘Hoax’ Kidnapping Not a Hoax After All

A woman and her boyfriend, previously accused by police of concocting a kidnapping hoax, have been vindicated as the FBI has determined the kidnapping to be very much real, with a suspect apprehended.

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