An official White House photograph taken in 2010 corroborates finite details divulged by State Department insiders who revealed then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed a military drone strike on Julian Assange to stop the Wikileaks founder’s looming release of 250,000 confidential U.S. intelligence cables.
The photograph, obtained by True Pundit, depicts Clinton and President Barack Obama in the White House Situation Room with National Security Council members on November 23, 2010, the same day State Department sources said Clinton asked top aides in a morning staff meeting if it was possible to target Assange with a drone strike to quash CableGate. From the original story published Sunday:
Clinton’s State Department was getting pressure from President Obama and his White House inner circle, as well as heads of state internationally, to try and cutoff Assange’s delivery of the cables and if that effort failed, then to forge a strategy to minimize the administration’s public embarrassment over the contents of the cables. Hence, Clinton’s early morning November meeting of State’s top brass who floated various proposals to stop, slow or spin the Wikileaks contamination. That is when a frustrated Clinton, sources said, at some point blurted out a controversial query.
“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 details in the picture, taken by an official White House photographer, identically matches details State Department sources provided for the True Pundit story, including the wardrobe Clinton was wearing on the day almost six years ago. From the original story:
One minute staffers were inquiring about the Secretary’s blue and black checkered knit sweater and the next minute, the room was discussing the legalities of a drone strike on Assange and financial bounties, sources said.
The unearthed White House photograph depicts Clinton wearing a blue and black checkered knit sweater while seated at the Situation Room table, flanked by President Obama and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.