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Assange: Clinton, CIA Pushing Pence 'Takeover'

| by Oren Peleg

Not one week after releasing a trove of CIA documents detailing various techniques the agency considered using for espionage, WikiLeaks is making headlines again. WikiLeaks founder and chief Julian Assange tweeted on March 14 about a plot by Hillary Clinton to defeat Vice President Mike Pence.

"Clinton stated privately this month that she is quietly pushing for a Pence takeover," Assange tweeted Tuesday morning. "She stated that Pence is predictable hence defeatable."

According to The Daily Caller, it is unclear exactly what Assange means by "takeover", but it appears he is responding to a recent report that President Donald Trump enabled the CIA to launch drone strikes without military approval.

"By handing unilateral power to the CIA over its drone strikes at this time White House signals that bullying, disloyalty & incompetence pays," Assange tweeted earlier on Tuesday morning.

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"Two [Intelligence Community] officials close to Pence stated privately this month that they are planning on a Pence takeover," Assange later added about the Vice President. "Did not state if Pence agrees. ...It should be noted that both the officials close to Pence and Hillary Clinton spoke of moving towards an 'impeachment' not other action."

According to CNN, Pence responded to Assange's tweets while speaking with radio host Laura Ingraham.

"I would find all of that dialogue to be absurd and frankly offensive," Pence began. "It is the greatest honor of my life to serve shoulder-to-shoulder with the 45th President of the United States. To see his leadership every day, to see the compassion that he has for the American people every day. I would dismiss that out of hand and tell you that I'm just, I'm so excited about the progress that we've been made strengthening this country, protecting this country, reviving this country's economy and all credit goes to President Donald Trump."

Assange's personal life has also made headlines in recent weeks, perhaps even more so than his political entanglements. The international media has been buzzing over the WikiLeaks founder's rumored relationship with actress Pamela Anderson who, according to the Daily Mail, has reportedtly visited Assange at least six times since October 2016. The precise nature of their involvement remains a source of speculation. 

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During an appearance on ITV's "Loose Women," Anderson said of Assagne, "I think he's a very important person and I think that history will look back on him and realize how important he is."

Sources: The Daily Caller, Julian Assange/Twitter (234), CNN, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Cancilleria del Ecuador/Flickr

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