Negotiations over ShadowBrokers' take?
In a widely reported, still developing, but difficult to credit story, US intelligence services are said to have negotiated with Russian sources for the return of stolen information, called sometimes "documents," sometimes "code." The Intercept speculates negotiations were over material the ShadowBrokers took from NSA, although it's difficult to see how one could in any meaningful sense "return" stolen code. The Russian side is also said to have offered discreditable material about President Trump. The Americans are said to have paid $100 thousand, then backed out, fearing chicanery (New York Times).