CIA and Trump administration – Report: Discussed assassination of Assange

High-ranking CIA officials and Trump administration officials have discussed the abduction and assassination of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to a report by several media outlets, including The Guardian, The Independent and The Times.

It has been over ten years since Assange and Wikileaks infuriated US authorities by publishing large amounts of classified American material, including on US warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan.

So red

The plans of the CIA and the Trump administration were allegedly presented after Assange in 2017 published what Wikileaks claimed were thousands of confidential CIA documents, according to the report, first mentioned by Yahoo News.

IN MEETING: Former US President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a cabinet meeting in the White House in 2019. Photo: NTB / Nicholas Kamm / AFP
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The release, called “Vault 7”, was part of the “Year Zero” series, which included a total of 8,761 documents and files from the CIA’s Center for Cyber ​​Intelligence, according to WikiLeaks itself.

Former United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the CIA leadership were “completely detached from reality because they were so embarrassed by” Vault 7, “according to an anonymous employee of Trump’s national security service, according to the report. “They looked red,” he said.

Assange’s lawyer Barry Pollack said the following about the report to Yahoo News:

“As a US citizen, I think it is completely scandalous that our government would think of kidnapping or murdering someone without any legal process just because he had published truthful information,” he said.

Donald Trump himself has flatly denied the allegations.

– It’s completely wrong, it never happened. (…) In fact, I think he (Julian Assange, journ.anm.) Has been treated very badly, says Trump, according to The Independent.

Neither the CIA nor Pompeo have commented on the allegations.

Hard accusations

Pompeo, a former CIA chief, in 2017 branded WikiLeaks a “hostile intelligence organization” that threatened US security.

In a speech, former Republican politician WikiLeaks and Julian Assange compared dictators. He said that although they claimed to be acting in the name of freedom and privacy, in reality they had the goal of “personal self-exaltation at the expense of Western values.”

– It is time to refer to WikiLeaks as they are, he said, and called founder Julian Assange a “fraudster hiding behind a screen”, according to NTB.

ATTACK: President Donald Trump launches a frontal attack on George W. Bush after this speech. Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP, Evelyn Hockstein / Reuters
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Rejected US request

From 2012 to 2019, Assange was in exile at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. There he sought refuge because he feared being extradited to the United States after being accused of rape in Sweden. In November 2019, the Swedish prosecuting authority dropped the rape case.

In April last year, Ecuador suddenly withdrew the protection, and Assange stayed arrested and taken out of the embassy by British police.

On May 1 of that year, Assange was sentenced in a British court to 50 weeks in prison for violating bail conditions in 2012, and a few weeks later, the US Department of Justice published a comprehensive indictment accusing him of violating US espionage law.

LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves court in London on January 13, 2020. Photo: REUTERS / Henry Nicholls

LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves court in London on January 13, 2020. Photo: REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
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In January this year, British judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected the United States’ request for extradition. The judge concluded that Assange’s actions, if proven, are not protected by the right to freedom of expression.

However, the United States has argued that Assange endangered the lives of others by publishing leaked classified information about, among other things, the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It rejects Assange’s defenders, and Assange believes that the case is politically motivated.

The United States has appealed the decision, and the appeal is scheduled for October 2021.

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