Oct. 5, 2016 10:12am Kate Scanlon
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton denied reports Tuesday that she once proposed carrying out a drone strike against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
“I don’t know anything about what he is talking about, and I don’t recall any joke,” Clinton said at a press conference in Pennsylvania. “It would have been a joke if it had been said, but I don’t recall that.”
The website TruePundit posted a piece Sunday claiming that, in 2010, then-Secretary of State Clinton proposed a drone strike against Assange to prevent WikiLeaks from releasing government information. TruePundit’s allegation was based on unnamed State Department sources:
WikiLeaks touted TruePundit’s claim on Twitter:“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 veracity of TruePundit’s story was called into question by many reporters. And Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told WTTG-TV on Monday that he is “reticent to comment on anything that the WikiLeaks people have said.”
“They’ve made a lot of accusations in the past,” Mook said.
WikiLeaks was expected by some to release damning information about Clinton earlier this week, but failed to do so.