Former CIA agent wants to buy Twitter to kick Donald Trump off
Former U.S. CIA Operations Officer Valerie Plame Wilson launched an online fundraiser looking to crowdfund enough money to buy Twitter so President Donald Trump can't use it. (Jonathan Short/AP Photo/Files)
WASHINGTON — 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 the billion-dollar goal.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls the fundraiser a “ridiculous attempt” to shut down the president’s First Amendment rights.
Wilson’s identity as a CIA operative was leaked by an official in former President George W. Bush’s administration in 2003. She left the agency in 2005.