The CIA intended to kidnap and kill Julian Assange

WASHINGTON – In 2017, the CIA planned to kidnap Julian Assange, and some senior intelligence officials and former US President Donald Trump’s administration went so far as to consider ways to assassinate the founder of WikiLeaks, according to a Yahoo News investigation, learned

The then CIA director Mike Pompeo, who later served as US Secretary of State, was motivated to take revenge on the creator of WikiLeaks after the publication of information that the CIA had hacking tools known as Vault 7. The CIA then announced that this is the largest data leak in the history of the agency. Pompeo and other senior leaders of the agency “were completely cut off from reality because they were so embarrassed by Vault 7,” said a former national security official in the Trump administration.

The intelligence agency spent millions of dollars tracking down WikiLeaks contributors, sending undercover individuals into the group, and organizing thefts of their electronic devices. The proposals for Assange’s assassination are similar to scripts taken from a James Bond film. These include shootings on the streets of London, a crash with a vehicle in which Assange was traveling, or the shooting of the tires of a plane carrying the creator of WikiLeaks. US officials have even asked their British counterparts to help with the mission. A former CIA official told Yahoo News that the British had agreed to the plan.

Assange angered the U.S. government in 2010 after publishing thousands of pages online of classified reports and documents generated by U.S. military and intelligence agencies, including detailed descriptions of CIA hacking capabilities.

Julian Assange is currently in prison in the United Kingdom for violating the bail he was given when he entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden. Swedish prosecutors have dropped the sexual assault case against him in 2015 and the investigation into rape charges in 2020.


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