The CIA could not prove WikiLeaks was working at the behest of the Russian government. So rather than claim authority to target WikiLeaks that way officials sought to reframe the organization as a "hostile entity." Then it wouldn't matter that they weren't working for Russia.
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Here is why I've said for the past couple of years the CIA was out to destroy WikiLeaks. The "hostile entity" designation allowed them to target the media organization for disruption. This is a list of activities they believed they could engage in at any time:
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The Yahoo! report appears to confirm Andy Müller-Maguhn, a former spokesman for Chaos Computer Club in Germany and friend of Assange, was targeted for disruption by the CIA. He is a German citizen. A key question is whether German intelligence operatives were aware.
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We can now say CIA Director Mike Pompeo wanted to kidnap WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Pompeo wanted to put him on a rendition flight to the United States. The US intelligence operatives UC Global Director David Morales and others referenced worked at the highest levels.
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Note key detail related to the proposal of kidnapping Assange. Pompeo was not raising a fresh and crazy idea. "...the notion of kidnapping Assange preceded Pompeo's arrival at Langley..." So under Obama there were meetings where kidnapping Assange was discussed.
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President Donald Trump reportedly "spitballed" on whether the CIA could kill WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. And "agency executives requested and received 'sketches' of plans for killing Assange and other Europe-based WikiLeaks members with access to Vault 7 materials."
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John Eisenberg, who was a top lawyer for the National Security Council under Trump, apparently opposed rendering Assange to US without criminal charges. He urged DOJ to accelerate drafting of charges and was concerned Pompeo was freezing out lawyers from Assange discussions.
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British government agreed not to drop bail-jumping charge against Assange after Swedish investigation into sexual allegations was dropped in May 2017. This bail-jumping charge helped keep him in Belmarsh during extradition hearing and after prevailed in district court.
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At the conclusion of the report, it reads: "Spy services are increasingly using a WikiLeaks-like model of posting stolen materials online." Trump administration gave the CIA "aggressive new secret authorities" for hack-and-dump operations.
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To sum this all up: The Justice Department was afraid the CIA might kidnap or kill WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. They abandoned any hangup they had over "the New York Times problem" of charging a publisher and drafted an indictment.

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I'll do a live broadcast on the new revelations confirming major details around the CIA's war on WikiLeaks at 3pm ET/8pm London Time. Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou will join me. piped.kavin.rocks/w-vdPPdLasI
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Full interview with former CIA officer and whistleblower @JohnKiriakou on the revelations around CIA plotting to destroy WikiLeaks and kidnap/kill Julian Assange
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Replying to @kgosztola
Question/ what about perpetrating the narrative that Russia was trying to kidnap him to set him free and bring him to Russia?
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Somehow, I've been surprised of the sudden arrest of Julian Assange and that he was kept in the Belmarsh prison. I thought "at least, he is in a secure place for not to be murdered"... It looks like I was right there...
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Replying to @kgosztola
It even took them to draft a superceeding indictment adding to the initial charges; was this draft not ready that they added it thereafter in the process violating due process as due date past for remitting,with defence being refused delay needed to work with these new charges🤔
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