The New York Times offered Haqqani Terror Network $1.2 million for return of captured reporter David Rohde, according to sources directly involved in the negotiations.
In 2008, Rohde was kidnapped in Afghanistan by the Haqqani Terror Network – the same terror network that took American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl the following year.
After significant back-and-forth, sources say, a ransom of $1 million was agreed to between the Times and the Haqqani terrorists.
But before the proverbial ink was dry, the Haqqanis came back for another bite at the apple. They also wanted the release of two prisoners to be named at a later date. The negotiators told the Haqqanis there would be no prisoner release, but with the approval of the Times offered an additional $200,000 ($100,000 for each unnamed prisoner). The Haqqanis took the deal.
The next day, before the money could be paid, David Rohde made an assisted escaped.
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