Pence dismisses WikiLeaks founder Assange's allegation of White House 'takeover'

| Updated: Mar 15, 2017 11:39 IST

New York [U.S.], Mar. 15 (ANI): U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has slammed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's charges of him possibly taking over the White House, saying that the allegations were "absurd" and "frankly offensive." "I would find all of that dialogue to be absurd and frankly offensive. It is the greatest honor of my life to serve shoulder-to-shoulder with the 45th President of the United States. To see his leadership every day, to see the compassion that he has for the American people every day. I would dismiss that out of hand and tell you that I'm just, I'm so excited about the progress that we've been made strengthening this country, protecting this country, reviving this country's economy and all credit goes to President Donald Trump," Pence told radio host Laura Ingraham, reports CNN. Assange took to Twitter to state that Hillary Clinton was pushing for a "Pence takeover" of the White House and claimed two intelligence officials were planning on such a takeover. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Clinton stated privately this month that she is quietly pushing for a Pence takeover. She stated that Pence is predictable hence defeatable.</p>&mdash; Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) <a href="https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/841609854540238849">March 14, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Two IC officials close to Pence stated privately this month that they are planning on a Pence takeover. Did not state if Pence agrees.</p>&mdash; Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) <a href="https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/841612345185046528">March 14, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Following Pence's response, Assange posted another tweet saying: <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It should be noted that both the officials close to Pence and Hillary Clinton spoke of moving towards an &#39;impeachment&#39; not other action.</p>&mdash; Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) <a href="https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/841699616324255745">March 14, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Following the 2010 leaks of secret American documents, the United States government launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks and asked allied nations for assistance. Assange surrendered himself to UK police on 7 December 2010 and was held for ten days in solitary confinement before being released on bail. He sought and was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012 and has since remained in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, unable to leave without being arrested for breaching his bail conditions. (ANI)
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