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.
The seven Security Council personnel who attended the meeting with Clinton and President Obama, who were all identified in the original story, likewise appear in the archived White House photo of the National Security Council meeting from November 23, 2010. Earlier that day after the conclusion of a State Department staff meeting, one of Clinton’s top aides, State Department Director of Policy Planning Ann-Marie Slaughter, penned an email to Clinton, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and aides Huma Abebin and Jacob Sullivan at 10:29 a.m. entitled “an SP memo on possible legal and nonlegal strategies re Wikileaks.”
Sources confirm Clinton took the email and attachment with her to the White House for an afternoon meeting with Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon prior to an additional evening meeting at the White House. President Obama, sources said, did not attend the early meeting with Gates as he was traveling with Vice President Joe Biden. President Obama did attend the second meeting, however, and Wikileaks and Assange’s planned release of secret cables were discussed at length, sources said. Attending this meeting were President Obama, Clinton, Gates, Donilon, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral “Mike” Mullen, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright as well as a half dozen or more various policy aides, sources confirmed.
1. Hillary Clinton
2. President Obama
3. Secretary of Defense Bob Gates
4. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy
5. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright
6. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral “Mike” Mullen
7. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon
8. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg
9. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
The existence of the incriminating White House photo, again, directly corroborates details provided to True Pundit from State Department insiders with direct knowledge of Clinton’s statements and travels on the day in 2010 she proposed the controversial solution to silence Wikileaks and its trouble-making founder.
When asked directly Tuesday whether she called for Assange’s assassination in 2010, a bewildered Clinton stammered but did not deny the exclusive intelligence first reported by True Pundit.
Clinton top aide Slaughter’s now infamous “nonlegal strategies” email Clinton reportedly carried to the White House, covering all the State Department’s supposed “nonlegal” ways to deal with Assange.
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