The United States has a policy of not exchanging dollars for hostages----no ransom. Breaking news from the WSJ however indicates that some $40 million in Swiss Francs and Euros was loaded on an unmarked plane to Iran on the same day 4 American Hostages were released by that Islamic State. Not surprisingly the State Department denies there was any Quip pro Quo. However one must wonder why the plane was unmarked, why did it occur on the same day of the hostage release, and finally why was this exchange done with foreign currency and not U.S. Dollars. Cash for Hostages.