As Twitchy reported earlier, the State Department on Thursday admitted that the pallet loaded with $400 million worth of cash and airlifted to Iran as hostages waited to take off was contingent on the release of the American prisoners.

To the discerning eye, however, the exchange of cash for hostages was NOT a ransom payment, a distinction the State Department’s John Kirby tried to explain on CNN Thursday night.

That’s for sure. So the difference is, the United States didn’t pay the $400 million first; instead … well, we’ll let Twitter take it from here, because it still looks like a ransom payment to us.