In a dramatic development in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition case, a report submitted before a UK court stated that the United States’ premier intelligence agency, the CIA, under the Trump administration was pondering and discussing ‘options’ to abduct and even assassinate the Australian activist. suggest that the US was hell-bent and outrightly desperate to end the asylum of Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy.
According to the report, the US intelligence considered the killing of Assange in 2017 when the WikiLeaks founder was entering the fifth year sheltering at the Ecuador embassy in London. The CIA officials along with the then director, Mike Pompeo, tabled their intentions after being infuriated by WikiLeaks’ publication of ‘Vault 7’, a breach which is considered as the biggest data loss in history. ‘Vault 7’ is a series of documents detailing the activities and capabilities of the US intelligence agency CIA in relation to cyber warfare. In fact, in March 2017, then US President Donald Trump had said, “the CIA was hacked, and a lot of things taken.”
US considered killing Julian Assange: Report
While the CIA has declined to comment on the grave allegations, the report suggested that the plan of action to assassinate Julian Assange had been laid out and the Trump administration went as far as requesting for his ‘sketches’ or ‘options’ with ‘no boundaries’ for killing Assange. The latest on the purported plot to assassinate Assange adds to incidents that surfaced in this regard in 2020 as well. In September 2020, the internet witnessed global outrage after an employee of a Spanish security company, UC Global, had come to the fore and highlighted details of an alleged attempt to spy on Assange.
Purportedly, microphones were concealed to monitor Assange’s meetings with his lawyers, and his fingerprints were obtained from a glass. The aforesaid information was read out in the Old Bailey in London on September 30, 2020, by one of Assange’s lawyers, who is fighting his extradition to the US on charges relating to leaks of classified documents that exposed the alleged US war crimes and abuses.
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