WikiLeaks tweeted a story Monday claiming Hillary Clinton asked in 2010 whether it would be possible to kill the group's founder, Julian Assange, using a drone strike.
True Pundit reported Sunday that State Department officials revealed that Clinton asked, "Can't we just drone this guy" at a Nov. 23, 2010, meeting with other officials. The report said Clinton's suggestion was met with laughter, but also said Clinton was clearly "fuming" at WikiLeaks' continued leaking of confidential State Department cables that she had signed.
The Washington Examiner has not verified that claim, and WikiLeaks treated the news as a "report."
However, emails previously released from Clinton's private server reveal Anne Marie Slaughter, a former director of policy planning at the State Department, sent an email on the same day in 2010 on the subject of possible "nonlegal strategies" for dealing with WikiLeaks. That email also notes that a meeting was held that day to discuss WikiLeaks.
"Following this morning's meetings, I activated my four legal eagles on the SP staff," Slaughter wrote, using an acronym for her team in policy planning. She said the team developed "one interesting legal approach and I think some very good suggestions about how to handle our public diplomacy."
The message, which included an attached memo that neither WikiLeaks nor federal investigators were able to obtain, was addressed to Clinton's chief of staff Cheryl Mills, deputy chief Huma Abedin and top aide Jacob Sullivan.
A so-called "302 report" disclosed by the FBI to congressional investigators last month indicated Clinton had "many discussions" pertaining to eliminating targets using drone strikes. "Clinton could not recall a specific process for nominating a target for a drone strike and recalled much debate pertaining to the concurrence process.
"Clinton could not recall a specific process for nominating a target for a drone strike and recalled much debate pertaining to the concurrence process. Clinton knew there was a role for DoD, State and the CIA, but could not provide specifics as to what it was," that report said.
"Due to a disagreement between these agencies, Clinton recalled having many discussions related to nominating an individual for a drone strike," the report stated. "When Clinton exchanged classified information pertaining to the drone program internally at State, it was in her office or on a secure call."
The agency generates 302 reports detailing information gathered over the course of criminal investigations.
Assange is currently in his fifth year living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, and is reportedly set to reveal up to 100,000 pages of documents leaked from Clinton's campaign or affiliated organizations. A Tuesday announcement about the document dump Assange had scheduled to conduct from a balcony of the embassy was canceled due to what WikiLeaks said were safety concerns.
Democratic strategist Bob Beckel issued a similar call in 2010. "A dead man can't leak stuff," Beckel said in an appearance on Fox News. "This guy's a traitor, he's treasonous, and he has broken every law of the United States. And I'm not for the death penalty, so ... there's only one way to do it: illegally shoot [him]."
Clinton's presidential campaign did not respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.