On Twitter, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wrote on Tuesday, without offering proof, that Hillary Clinton and members of the intelligence community who are "close to" Vice President Pence are seeking to weaken President Donald Trump's hold on his office and thus replace him with Vice President Mike Pence. In a first tweet, Assange claimed that Clinton said privately this month that she is "pushing for a Pence takeover."

Clinton, according to Assange, see Pence as "predictable hence defeatable." Assange’s second tweet refers to a pair of anonymous intelligence officials "close to Pence" who say they are planning on a "Pence takeover." Assange also declared that the two officials did not say whether Pence is in on the scheme.

In January, elements of the intelligence community published a report contending that Russia sought to turn the 2016 election in Trump's favor by hacking Democratic officials’ emails. WikiLeaks was among the websites, according to the intelligence report, that published the material gathered by Russia. That claim has been vehemently denied by WikiLeaks.

Just last week, WikiLeaks published what it says is the first in a series of what are claimed to be documents stolen from the CIA's secret hacking program. The so-called "Vault 7" leak details the CIA’s ability to hack into electronic devices, including computers and televisions. So far, the White HOuse has not confirmed the accuracy of the claim.



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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