‘We are seeking information about it now,’ says Democrat Adam Schiff
“We have sought information from the agencies about those allegations and whether they are correct, any part of them are correct, or whether they’re incorrect,」担当者 Adam Schiff 言った Skullduggery, a Yahoo News podcast. “I can’t comment on what we’ve heard back yet.”
Mr Schiff added that he was not briefed about the alleged plan at the time, and first heard of the would-be kidnapping from Yahoo News’ reporting on it.
According to Yahoo, anonymous US officials told the news site that four years ago, discussions took place “at the highest levels” of the トランプ administration on how to potentially kidnap or even assassinate Mr Assange.
Former president Donald Trump has 拒否された ever considering such a plot.
“It’s totally false, it never happened,トランプ氏は言った.
に 2017, the Wikileaks publisher was living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he was avoiding extradition to Sweden over accusations of sexual assault. (Mr Assange denied the allegations, and the investigation was eventually dropped.)
3月, Wikileaks published Vault 7, a huge trove of secret CIA documents related to the agency’s intelligence gathering methods. According to Yahoo’s sources, this enraged the CIA’s leaders, including its then-new director, マイクポンペオ.
“They were seeing blood,” a former Trump administration official told Yahoo, adding that the agency’s top officials “were completely detached from reality because they were so embarrassed about Vault 7.”
に応じて, CIA and other administration officials began requesting “sketches” or “options” on how to assassinate Mr Assange.
“There seemed to be no boundaries,” one former senior counterintelligence official told Yahoo.
There is no evidence that any such plan was ever approved, Yahoo reported. But some in the administration were so concerned that they began leaking information about the scheme to members of Congress – although not, どうやら, to Mr Schiff.
“I was not briefed on what your reporting and others have described at the time,” the congressman told Yahoo. “We are seeking information about it now.”
独立者 has reached out to the CIA for comment.