Ex-spy's Twitter plot to gag Trump

Ex-spys Twitter plot to gag Trump

Washington - As of Wednesday morning, she had raised less than $6,000 of her $1 billion goal



By AP

Published: Thu 24 Aug 2017, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Fri 25 Aug 2017, 1:01 AM

Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is looking to crowdfund enough money to buy Twitter so President Donald Trump can't use it.

Wilson launched the fundraiser last week, tweeting: "If @Twitter executives won't shut down Trump's violence and hate, then it's up to us. #BuyTwitter #BanTrump." The GoFundMe page for the fundraiser says Trump's tweets "damage the country and put people in harm's way."

As of Wednesday morning, she had raised less than $6,000 of her $1 billion goal.

In an emailed statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the low total shows that the American people like the Republican president's use of Twitter.

"Her ridiculous attempt to shut down his first amendment is the only clear violation and expression of hate and intolerance in this equation," the statement read.

Wilson wrote on the fundraiser's GoFundMe page that she hopes to raise enough money to buy a controlling interest of Twitter stock.

If she doesn't have enough to purchase a majority of shares, she said, she will explore options to buy "a significant stake" and champion the proposal at Twitter's annual shareholders meeting.

If Plame were to hit her $1 billion goal, she'd still fall far short of gaining a controlling interest in the company. - AP


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