WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange became a well-known name in 2010 after WikiLeaks released 400,000 secret military reports relating to the war in Iraq, and a further 90,000 on Afghanistan.
On top of that, they also released the now infamous “Collateral Murder” video, which shows soldiers in a US Apache helicopter killing a dozen people on the ground in Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists.
Swedish authorities issued an arrest warrant for Assange in 2010 over charges of rape and sexual assault. He was later held in the UK as he waited for the result of an extradition request to face the charges in Sweden. A couple of years later, Assange skipped bail and sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he stayed till 2019.
According to Yahoo News, the CIA planned on kidnapping Julian Assange and some senior officials in the agency and the Trump administration even decided they would assassinate him.
It was said that the then-director Mike Pompeo desired to get even with Wikileaks after they published the highly sensitive information regarding CIA hacking tools, which was said to be “the largest data loss in CIA history.”
Pompeo and others “were completely detached from reality because they were so embarrassed about Vault 7” and that ”they were seeing blood.” Additional CIA plans allegedly included “extensive spying on WikiLeaks associates, sowing discord among the group’s members, and stealing their electronic devices.”
At the moment, Julian Assange is imprisoned in London as courts weigh a U.S. request to extradite him. We will keep you updated on this ongoing case.
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