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Trump denies report he considered assassinating Julian Assange

‘In fact, I think he’s been treated very badly,’ former president says

Eric Garcia
Washington DC
Monday 27 September 2021 15:32 BST
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Former president Donald Trump denied a report in Yahoo! News that he considered assassinating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Yahoo! News reported that top officials in both the CIA and the Trump administration considered kidnapping or even assassinating the WikiLeaks founder. The plot came after Mr Assange’s website published information about “Vault 7,” the CIA’s sensitive hacking tools.

At the time, Mr Assange was staying at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid being extradited to Sweden for rape allegations. The charges were dropped in May 2017.

Mr Trump had frequently praised WikiLeaks during the campaign trail after it revealed multiple emails from Democratic Party officials. He denied that he considered killing Mr Assange.

“It’s totally false, it never happened,” he said. “In fact, I think he’s been treated very badly.”

In 2019, Ecuador’s new government evicted Mr Assange and British police arrested him. Similarly, the United States indicted Mr Assange, mostly focusing on allegations that he assisted US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning break into a classified US government network.

Barry Pollack, Mr Assange’s lawyer, expressed outrage at the report.

“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,” he told Yahoo! News.

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