CIA Secretly Plotted To Kidnap And Potentially Assassinate Julian Assange

Gondwanaland

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Just.... wow. Apparently Trump's CIA pick Mike Pompeo, set forth on a revenge mission against Assange for revealing countless documents, and he and his CIA staff plotted ways to kidnap him from the embassy in London that he was staying at, and even came up with plans forkidnapping when it looked like he might go to Russia via Ecuador. Those latter plans ranged from roving gun battles with Russians in the streets of London, plowing a vehicle into the vehicle he was being transported in, and shooting out the tires of the plane he would be traveling in. There was also discussion of how legal an assassination of him would be, with 'kinetic options' (not up on my euphemisms but that sounds like a drone strike).
https://news.yahoo.com/kidnapping-as...090057786.html
Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA's secret war plans against WikiLeaks

Zach Dorfman, Sean D. Naylor and Michael Isikoff





In 2017, as Julian Assange began his fifth year holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London, the CIA plotted to kidnap the WikiLeaks founder, spurring heated debate among Trump administration officials over the legality and practicality of such an operation.

Some senior officials inside the CIA and the Trump administration even discussed killing Assange, going so far as to request “sketches” or “options” for how to assassinate him. Discussions over kidnapping or killing Assange occurred “at the highest levels” of the Trump administration, said a former senior counterintelligence official. “There seemed to be no boundaries.”

The conversations were part of an unprecedented CIA campaign directed against WikiLeaks and its founder. The agency’s multipronged plans also included extensive spying on WikiLeaks associates, sowing discord among the group’s members, and stealing their electronic devices.

While Assange had been on the radar of U.S. intelligence agencies for years, these plans for an all-out war against him were sparked by WikiLeaks’ ongoing publication of extraordinarily sensitive CIA hacking tools, known collectively as “Vault 7,” which the agency ultimately concluded represented “the largest data loss in CIA history.”
President Trump’s newly installed CIA director, Mike Pompeo, was seeking revenge on WikiLeaks and Assange, who had sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden on rape allegations he denied. Pompeo and other top agency leaders “were completely detached from reality because they were so embarrassed about Vault 7,” said a former Trump national security official. “They were seeing blood.”

The CIA’s fury at WikiLeaks led Pompeo to publicly describe the group in 2017 as a “non-state hostile intelligence service.” More than just a provocative talking point, the designation opened the door for agency operatives to take far more aggressive actions, treating the organization as it does adversary spy services, former intelligence officials told Yahoo News. Within months, U.S. spies were monitoring the communications and movements of numerous WikiLeaks personnel, including audio and visual surveillance of Assange himself, according to former officials.

This Yahoo News investigation, based on conversations with more than 30 former U.S. officials — eight of whom described details of the CIA’s proposals to abduct Assange — reveals for the first time one of the most contentious intelligence debates of the Trump presidency and exposes new details about the U.S. government’s war on WikiLeaks. It was a campaign spearheaded by Pompeo that bent important legal strictures, potentially jeopardized the Justice Department’s work toward prosecuting Assange, and risked a damaging episode in the United Kingdom, the United States’ closest ally.

The CIA declined to comment. Pompeo did not respond to requests for comment.

“As an American citizen, I find it absolutely outrageous that our government would be contemplating kidnapping or assassinating somebody without any judicial process simply because he had published truthful information,” Barry Pollack, Assange’s U.S. lawyer, told Yahoo News.

Assange is now housed in a London prison as the courts there decide on a U.S. request to extradite the WikiLeaks founder on charges of attempting to help former U.S. Army analyst Chelsea Manning break into a classified computer network and conspiring to obtain and publish classified documents in violation of the Espionage Act.

“My hope and expectation is that the U.K. courts will consider this information and it will further bolster its decision not to extradite to the U.S.,” Pollack added.

There is no indication that the most extreme measures targeting Assange were ever approved, in part because of objections from White House lawyers, but the agency’s WikiLeaks proposals so worried some administration officials that they quietly reached out to staffers and members of Congress on the House and Senate intelligence committees to alert them to what Pompeo was suggesting. “There were serious intel oversight concerns that were being raised through this escapade,” said a Trump national security official.

Some National Security Council officials worried that the CIA’s proposals to kidnap Assange would not only be illegal but also might jeopardize the prosecution of the WikiLeaks founder. Concerned the CIA’s plans would derail a potential criminal case, the Justice Department expedited the drafting of charges against Assange to ensure that they were in place if he were brought to the United States.

In late 2017, in the midst of the debate over kidnapping and other extreme measures, the agency’s plans were upended when U.S. officials picked up what they viewed as alarming reports that Russian intelligence operatives were preparing to sneak Assange out of the United Kingdom and spirit him away to Moscow.

The intelligence reporting about a possible breakout was viewed as credible at the highest levels of the U.S. government. At the time, Ecuadorian officials had begun efforts to grant Assange diplomatic status as part of a scheme to give him cover to leave the embassy and fly to Moscow to serve in the country’s Russian mission.


In response, the CIA and the White House began preparing for a number of scenarios to foil Assange’s Russian departure plans, according to three former officials. Those included potential gun battles with Kremlin operatives on the streets of London, crashing a car into a Russian diplomatic vehicle transporting Assange and then grabbing him, and shooting out the tires of a Russian plane carrying Assange before it could take off for Moscow. (U.S. officials asked their British counterparts to do the shooting if gunfire was required, and the British agreed, according to a former senior administration official.)

“We had all sorts of reasons to believe he was contemplating getting the hell out of there,” said the former senior administration official, adding that one report said Assange might try to escape the embassy hidden in a laundry cart. “It was going to be like a prison break movie.”

The intrigue over a potential Assange escape set off a wild scramble among rival spy services in London. American, British and Russian agencies, among others, stationed undercover operatives around the Ecuadorian Embassy. In the Russians’ case, it was to facilitate a breakout. For the U.S. and allied services, it was to block such an escape. “It was beyond comical,” said the former senior official. “It got to the point where every human being in a three-block radius was working for one of the intelligence services — whether they were street sweepers or police officers or security guards.”
Lots more in the article - it's quite long but very interesting and detailed.

It appears Pompeo, the main person implicated in this reveal, is all pissy about his insanity being exposed and wants those who talked to yahoonews to be prosecuted for revealing it:

http://www.yahoo.com/news/pompeo-sou...234907037.html


I wouldn't be surprised at all if it comes out that much the same was plotted for Edward Snowden by the CIA, etc..
 

DeSanto

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There is no "Trump's CIA" or "Biden's CIA".

The Central Intelligence Agency is entirely corrupt and engages in horrific behavior no matter who is in office.
 

Gondwanaland

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There is no "Trump's CIA" or "Biden's CIA".

The Central Intelligence Agency is entirely corrupt and engages in horrific behavior no matter who is in office.
Maybe take a little more time and read. I said "Trump's CIA pick". The person he picked to head the agency.
 

DeSanto

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This is a partial, chronological list of major publications by Wikileaks.

For a true picture of the extent of knowledge being hidden from you, go to


26 December 2006 – Inside Somalia and the Union of Islamic Courts

7 November 2007 – Guantanamo Bay Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedure manual

20 February 2009 – Scientology Secret Bibles

4 September 2009 – Minton report: Trafigura toxic dumping along the Ivory Coast

5 April 2010 – Collateral Murder: Video of civilians & journalists being gunned down by a US military helicopter in Baghdad

25 July 2010 – Afghan War Diaries: 91,000 classified US documents from the War in Afghanistan covering 2004-2010

22 October 2010 – Iraq War Logs: 391,000 classified US documents from the War in Iraq covering 2004-2009

28 November 2010 – Cablegate: 250,000 US diplomatic cables from 1966-2010

25 April 2011 – Gitmo Files: Files on 767 of the 779 prisoners in Guantanamo Bay

1 December 2011 – Spy Files: Documents exposing 160 companies in the mass surveillance industry

27 February 2012 – Global Intelligence Files: 5 million emails from intelligence contractor Stratfor

5 July 2012 – Syria Files: 2.3 million emails from Syrian political elites

19 June 2015 – Saudi Cables: 500,000 cables & Foreign Ministry documents from the Saudi Government
16 November 2015 – Final Texts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

25 May 2016 – Documents from the Trade in Services Agreement trade deal
22 July 2016 – DNC Leaks: 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments from the US Democratic National Committee

7 October 2016 – The Podesta Emails: 58,660 emails from Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta

1 December 2016 – German BND-NSA Inquiry Exhibits: 90 GB of information relating to the BND-NSA Inquiry

25 November 2017 – Yemen Files: more than 500 documents from the US embassy in Sana’a, Yemen

16 February 2017 – CIA espionage orders for the 2012 French presidential election

7 March 2017 – Vault 7: Series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

28 September 2018 – Secret document concerning a dispute over a £3.6bn Middle Eastern arms deal

11 October 2018 – Amazon Atlas: confidential document from cloud computing provider Amazon
 

DeSanto

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It is the political establishment that seeks to silence opposition.
Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and apparent conspiracy theorist, speaking about the importance of the Assange case.
(emphasis mine...)


"The Assange case is about YOUR future, about YOUR life, about YOUR right to know what YOUR government is doing with the power & tax money YOU have given to them.

What the governments are trying to do, is to criminalize the truth...
And once it has become a crime to tell the truth, we all live in a tyranny."
 

Gondwanaland

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Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and apparent conspiracy theorist, speaking about the importance of the Assange case.
(emphasis mine...)


"The Assange case is about YOUR future, about YOUR life, about YOUR right to know what YOUR government is doing with the power & tax money YOU have given to them.

What the governments are trying to do, is to criminalize the truth...
And once it has become a crime to tell the truth, we all live in a tyranny."
Well said.
 

Authentic Nouveau

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Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and apparent conspiracy theorist, speaking about the importance of the Assange case.
(emphasis mine...)


"The Assange case is about YOUR future, about YOUR life, about YOUR right to know what YOUR government is doing with the power & tax money YOU have given to them.

What the governments are trying to do, is to criminalize the truth...
And once it has become a crime to tell the truth, we all live in a tyranny."
Jeffrey Epstein and his records were also creating fear.
 

DeSanto

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Who’d a thought Julian Assange would be such a unifying force?

Both political parties in the US want him gone in order to protect their corruption and to legally gag exposure of their future crimes...

And at the same time, both subsets of citizens (self declared liberal or conservative) generally want him free in order to continue to expose that very same corruption.
 

DeSanto

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BREAKING:

"Siggi the hacker" the pedophile the FBI hired in order to manufacture their superseding indictment against Julian Assange (and gave immunity to for his continued crimes against children, resulting in the suicide of one young man), has officially been arrested and jailed in Iceland.

This is another incredible blow to the FBI and US DOJ's case.

"Siggi" was the DOJ's star FBI informant, who recently admitted to a major publication, that the US superseding indictment against Assange was based on false information they had paid for and offered him immunity to help manufacture.

 
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