US officials and CIA officials discussed the possibility of assassinating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2017 while he was hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange was planned to be kidnapped from the diplomatic mission or captured in case of his secret escape from it.
The CIA at that time suspected that Assange could be helped to escape from other countries. Therefore, the options for capturing him included ramming a diplomatic car, in which he could be taken out, and firing at the landing gear of an aircraft taking off with him on board. Moreover, the British special services allegedly “agreed to take the shooting on themselves, if necessary.”
According to Yahoo News, citing sources in the US administration and intelligence services, these plans in Washington were born in response to WikiLeaks ‘publication of highly sensitive material about the CIA’s electronic espionage tool, called Vault 7. This leak about software that allowed users to remotely control and monitor users’ computers for their information, later called the largest intelligence agency in history. The plans to eliminate Assange have sparked heated debate in the Trump administration about their legality. “It seemed that no boundaries existed,” a source commented on the incident to Yahoo News.