As we reported earlier, State Department Spokesman John Kirby sure made the payment to Iran as four American citizens were released from custody sound like the textbook definition of a ransom.

Fox News’ Brit Hume isn’t buying the White House’s continued insistence that the payment wasn’t a ransom, and believes it’s time the State Department fessed up:

Hume thinks there’s no way around seeing it as anything but a ransom payment:

What are the odds the Obama administration would ever admit paying Iran a ransom? More towards the “none” side of “slim and none.”

No they can’t.