On Friday, Wikileaks released a deluge of emails reportedly hacked the email account of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, which seem to contradict Clinton's public statements on trade and the middle class. While many speculate that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arranged this data dump in an effort to tip the balance of the presidential election to Donald Trump, it is more likely that Julian Assange has a personal motive for attacking Hillary Clinton.

That's because, during a State Department meeting in November of 2010, Hillary Clinton advocated the assassination of Julian Assange by a drone strike.

During the Bush administration, Assange was the whistle-blowing darling of the left. Likened to a free speech Robin Hood, Assange and his merry band of maverick hacktivists obtained damning-- and often classified-- documents from the rich and powerful and distributed them to the proletariat free of charge.

Assange becomes the villain

Fast forward to the first year of President Obama's first term: Julian Assange is now regarded as a dangerous menace, a threat to national security which must be neutralized. In November of 2010, several State Department meetings were held to discuss how to squash "CableGate," the term given to WikiLeaks' planned document dump rumored to contain damaging internal conversations between State Department personnel.

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For months Assange had threatened to make these documents public, and both Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama were concerned that the document dump would hamper U.S. intelligence gathering capabilities and set back foreign policy. Like unevacuated coast-dwellers waiting for a hurricane to make landfall, Clinton and Obama had no option but to wait out the storm and weather the raging winds that would inevitably result from CableGate.

Inside the meeting

Shortly after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, Secretary Clinton met with her staff in a last ditch effort to thwart Assange's plan; a plan that would unleash a torrent of more than 250,000 secret government cables, spanning a period of forty-four years. Clinton's State Department was under enormous pressure not only from President Obama but from foreign heads of state to come up with a solution to the WikiLeaks problem.

All morning long, State Department officials proposed various strategies, each one more convoluted and ludicrous than the last. According to sources, this is what caused Hillary Clinton to put on the table the option of assassinating Julian Assange.

"Can't we just drone this guy?" Clinton allegedly inquired. Her question drew nervous laughter from the room, which quickly died down as Secretary Clinton continued to question the viability of an attack via military drone.

Sources claim that Clinton bolstered her case by stating that Assange was a "soft target." Another outlandish proposal which came from the same November meeting of State Department brass called for placing a bounty on Assange's head. Sources said that the amount proposed was in the neighborhood of $10 million.

When the meeting ended, one of Clinton's top aides, State Department Director of Policy Planning Ann-Marie Slaughter, sent an email to Secretary Clinton, Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and aides Huma Abedin and Jacob Sullivan. Sent at 10:29 a.m., the email bore the heading: “an SP memo on possible legal and nonlegal strategies re Wikileaks."

At some point, the "nonlegal strategies" discussed by the State Department were scrapped, and WikiLeaks began releasing cables to international media outlets on November 28, 2010. Julian Assange then promptly sought refuge by hiding at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he remains to this day.

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