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Former CIA operative launches bid to get Trump kicked off Twitter

Valerie Plame Wilson, author and former CIA operations officer. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson has launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy a controlling stake in Twitter in a bid to ban President Donald Trump from using the social media platform — and to possibly prevent a nuclear war.

“Time and again his use of this huge global platform has major consequences in the real world,” wrote Wilson on her GoFundMe page. “With a single tweet, he can damage international relationships and alliances, spread fake news like a virus, embolden white supremacists to march in the streets, or send stock markets crashing or soaring.”

Twitter executives, Wilson noted, had ignored the company’s own terms of service against violent threats when they refused to ban the president for using the platform to threaten North Korea with annihilation. There’s a “real danger,” she added, “that Trump’s tweets could actually start a nuclear war.”

If Wilson achieved her stated goal of raising $1 billion, The Los Angeles Times observed, she would become the the company’s largest shareholder with “a very strong position to exert influence on the company,” but she would still be roughly $5 billion short of a controlling stake. If she does fall short of the campaign’s goal, Wilson has pledged to “champion” other means of obtaining “a significant stake” in the company. If that fails, however, she says that all the money raised will instead go to Global Zero, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing nuclear war.

Wilson, a former undercover operative for the CIA, had her identity leaked by a Bush administration official in 2003 as part of a retaliatory plot to discredit her husband, former diplomat Joe Wilson, who had questioned the administration’s claim in the runup to the Iraq war that dictator Saddam Hussein bought “significant supplies of uranium from Africa.” As of Thursday evening, Wilson’s page had raised just north of $42,000 — a number that led to mocking remarks from Trump’s press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

On Thursday evening, Plame appeared on CNN and was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer about her campaign. Watch what she had to say in the video below.

Read the full story at Forbes and The Los Angeles Times.


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