CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Tuesday rejected two recent reports that said U.S. spies were cheated out of $100,000 when they paid a Russian spy to return stolen hacking tools, but instead received unverified information.
The Intercept and the New York Times both reported that a Russian offered to return that information for $1 million, and also offered information about President Trump.
Risen writes for the Intercept, and Rosenberg writes for the New York Times.
The New York Times story claimed an indirect payment was made.
"The CIA did not provide any resources, no money to these two individuals who proffered U.S. government information directly or indirectly at any time," he said.