The CIA wanted to kidnap and kill WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The issue was discussed in 2016 by senior US intelligence officials during the tenure of former US President Donald Trump. The agency thought he had been killed because the CIA had released secret hacking documents.
Assange voluntarily entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2016 for five years of his life, according to a report in the British media The Guardian on Monday. At that time, WikiLeaks began publishing CIA-related documents under the name ‘Vault 7’. Never before in the history of the CIA have so many documents been leaked together.
Mike Pompeo, then director of the CIA, and senior CIA officials were deeply concerned and embarrassed by Assange’s actions. Pompeo was later made Secretary of State by Trump. During his tenure as CIA chief, Pompeo and other senior officials discussed the abduction and assassination of Assange, who was based in London. Yahoo News quoted some officials of the Trump administration as saying.
They (CIA officials)
Wanted to see bloodshed,” a Trump administration national security official told the Associated Press. A former US counterterrorism official said they discussed all options. However, the CIA did not respond to the allegations.
The abduction and killing of a civilian as punishment for leaking secret documents is in no way an opportunity to continue as an anti-terrorism act. Such initiatives were criticized in the international arena. Even then, the Pompeo-led CIA considered aggression against Assange. However, it was not known why the initiative was not implemented at that time.
Assange’s lawyer in the United States
Barry Pollock, declined to comment on the allegations against the CIA. However, he told Yahoo News that the US government had planned to abduct and kill a civilian by bypassing the judicial process for publishing true and accurate documents, which is an insult to me as a US citizen.
In 2010, WikiLeaks leaked 2.5 million US diplomatic cables and 500,000 secret military documents. Shortly afterwards, Assange was charged with rape in Sweden. The British government wanted to extradite him to Sweden for trial.
Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden or the US administration. Ecuador granted him citizenship in 2016. Assange was arrested by London police in 2019 after a long seven-year stay. He is now being held in a London jail and is fighting a legal battle to avoid extradition to the United States.