WikiLeaks today published a secret review by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of its “High Value Target” (HVT) assassination program. The report weighs the pros and cons of killing “insurgent” leaders in assassination plots. After the report was prepared, US drone strike killings rose to an all-time high.
The report discusses assassination operations (by various states) against the Taliban, al-Qa’ida, the FARC, Hizbullah, the PLO, HAMAS, Peru’s Shining Path, the Tamil’s LTTE, the IRA and Algeria’s FLN. Case studies are drawn from Chechnya, Libya, Pakistan and Thailand.
This is the first release within WikiLeaks’ CIA Series.
Related Link: CIA: A Study of Assassination (1953)