Washington, D.C.- In a revelation that could rock the upcoming U.S. presidential race, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton reportedly floated the idea of using a drone strike to kill Wikileaks founder Julian Assange while Secretary of State.
“Can’t we just drone this guy?” Clinton asked, according to anonymous state department sources.
While the Clinton camp will undoubtedly suggest the statement was made as an off the cuff joke, if they accept responsibility for the comment at all, other participants in the meeting actually thought Clinton was joking until she continued on referencing Assange as being a “soft target” for a strike.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 3, 2016
According to a report by True Pundit:
By November 2010, Assange was a household name globally, but especially on Capitol Hill. And in the State Department alone his prowess of releasing otherwise secret, damning military documents and emails were filling conference rooms at Foggy Bottom and the White House with policy wonks and bureaucrats desperately seeking to squelch the upstart Wikileaks. At the State Department, meeting after meeting was conducted about how Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her inner circle were going to squash Assange and Wikileaks latest planned document dump on the United States. Deemed “CableGate,” Assange planned to release confidential cables, or communications, unveiling damaging internal conversations between State Department personnel and its foreign assets and allies.
With what would become know as CableGate on the horizon, Secretary of State Clinton met with her staff on November 23, 2010, to discuss a potential strategy to negate WikiLeaks upcoming massive release of over 250,000 secret diplomatic cables, dating from 1966 to 2010.
True Pundit reports:
“Can’t we just drone this guy?” Clinton openly inquired, offering a simple remedy to silence Assange and smother Wikileaks via a planned military drone strike, according to State Department sources. The statement drew laughter from the room which quickly died off when the Secretary kept talking in a terse manner, sources said. Clinton said Assange, after all, was a relatively soft target, “walking around” freely and thumbing his nose without any fear of reprisals from the United States.
The U.S. government, and State Department, in particular, held numerous meetings in the run-up to CableGate, as WikiLeaks had already exposed human rights violations committed by the U.S. in Afghanistan and Iraq. The department was under pressure from both the White House and foreign governments to silence Wikileaks.
In that same meeting, the idea of giving a $10 million dollar reward to anyone whose help secured Assange’s extradition to the U.S. was also brought up.
In what could be a damning piece of evidence tied to the Clinton email scandal, following the meeting, Clinton aide Ann-Marie Slaughter emailed Clinton and aides Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan with the subject, “RE an SP memo on possible legal and nonlegal strategies re Wikileaks.”
The email contained an attachment “SP Wikileaks doc final11.23.10.docx,” which has not been found by federal investigators investigating Clinton’s use of a private email server. Even Wikileaks itself does not have this attachment.
Note that the email subject indicates that nonlegal strategies are being discussed. Nonlegal would mean that they are outside the scope of what is lawful — often they are referred to as extrajudicial processes. The missing attachment likely contains evidence of a conspiracy to commit crimes at the highest level of government — that being ideas to extrajudicially assassinate Julian Assange.
An unnamed official, privy to the meeting discussions, claimed that the release of the FBI’s report on the Clinton email investigation reminded them of Clinton’s affinity for using drone strikes on enemies, according to True Pundit.
The FBI’s notes about Clinton’s interview during the email investigation referred to Clinton having “many discussions” about “nominating” individuals as targets for drone strikes.
“Clinton could not recall a specific process for nominating a target for a drone strike and recalled much debate pertaining to the concurrence process. Clinton knew there was a role for DOD, State and the CIA but could not provide specifics as to what it was. Due to a disagreement between these agencies, Clinton recalled having many discussions related to nominating an individual for a drone strike,” the FBI report reads.
The timing of the release of this information, as it correlates to real world events, is dubious as Assange was set to make a big announcement at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Tuesday — where he’s been a humanitarian refugee for five years. However, he cancelled it in light of what were described as “security concerns.”
WikiLeaks has promised to release an “October Surprise” that Assange has said could result in criminal charges being filed against Clinton. Assange has since rescheduled the release for Tuesday morning at 3:00 am EST.
There has also been speculation that Seth Rich, the DNC information technology staffer who was found murdered, could have potentially been the source of the DNC leaks published by WikiLeaks.
After postponing the “big announcement” due to “security concerns” the address will now be made at Wikileaks’ 10-year anniversary celebration in Berlin on Tuesday, where Julian Assange will address the event via video.
The fact that the Secretary of State of the United States is discussing drone striking an individual that has not been convicted of a crime, or suspected terrorism, reveals exactly how dangerous unchecked power can become.
If Clinton can order a drone strike to kill a man for simply trying to allow people to see the inner workings of the empire – is any man really safe, or for that matter free?
Clinton’s drone strike comments regarding Assange fits a pattern when combined with the FBI testimony that she often considered droning individuals and then coupled with her reaction to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s death in October 2011, after being a key figure in his toppling.