It reads like a cheap spy novel from the 1970’s you might find stuffed at the back of a second hand book store. But then you learn that Trump and Pompeo were involved.
Zach Dorfman, Sean D. Naylor, and Michael Isikoff report that in 2017, Donald Trump’s CIA — then under the directorship of Mike Pompeo, a future secretary of state — plotted to kidnap Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, from Ecuador’s embassy in London.
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.