Former CIA agent wants to buy Twitter to kick Trump off

Former CIA agent wants to buy Twitter to kick Trump off

Valerie Plame Wilson, a former CIA operations officer, has launched a campaign to raise money to buy a controlling interest in Twitter so she can shut down President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE's account on the social media site.

"Twitter is a publicly traded company. Shares = power," her page on the crowdfunding website "GoFundMe" reads. "This GoFundMe will fund the purchase of a controlling interest in Twitter."

According to the former CIA officer, it would cost more than $1 billion to purchase a controlling share of the social media giant. 


"But that's a small price to pay to take away Trump's most powerful megaphone and prevent a horrific nuclear war," the page reads.

If she's unable to raise the $1 billion needed to buy a controlling interest in the company, Wilson said she will purchase a "significant stake" that would allow her to push for the deletion of Trump's account at Twitter's annual shareholder meeting.

Any leftover proceeds, the GoFundMe page reads, will go to Global Zero, a nonprofit group whose goal is to eliminate nuclear weapons. 

Wilson's campaign had raised just short of $25,000 as of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Trump frequently takes to Twitter to comment on news reports, praise his allies and berate his political opponents and the media.

But Wilson voiced concern that the president could use the social media site to incite a conflict between the U.S. and North Korea, citing a tweet posted earlier this month by Trump that warned that military options for dealing with Pyongyang are "locked and loaded."

Even if Wilson were to reach the $1 billion mark in her fundraiser, that would still not be enough to purchase a majority stake in Twitter. According to The Associated Press, as of Wednesday, a controlling stake would cost roughly $6 billion, though a $1 billion would still make her the company's largest shareholder.

Wilson had previously worked as an undercover operative for the CIA. But her cover was blown in 2003 as the result of a leak from within the George W. Bush administration. She resigned from the agency in 2005.