Defense officials say Russian bounty info has not been corroborated

"All the defense intelligence agencies have been unable to corroborate that report," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.
By Alex Nitzberg
Last Updated: July 9, 2020 - 9:40 pm

Defense officials on Thursday told a House Armed Services Committee hearing that leaked information about a Russian bounty program to kill U.S. soldiers has not been verified.

"All the defense intelligence agencies have been unable to corroborate that report," Defense Secretary Mark Esper testified.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley also said regarding the bounties issue that it has not been proven accurate.

"That is a unique discrete piece of information that is not corroborated. You've all been briefed on it, I have too," he noted, saying that it is being investigated.

"As of today, right now, we don't have cause and effect linkages to a Russian bounty program causing U.S. military casualties," Milley said during the hearing according to ABC News. "However, we are still looking. We're not done. We're going to run this thing to ground."