Sidney Powell urged a senior intelligence official to launch an extraordinary overseas mission after Donald Trump's election loss to rescue the CIA director -- based on false claims from a QAnon conspiracy theory.
The post-election legal adviser to the ousted president called Department of Defense official Ezra Cohen, who was also being pressured to intervene by his former boss and Powell client Michael Flynn, and made outlandish claims about CIA chief Gina Haspel that came from QAnon cultists, according to ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl's new book "Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show."
"Gina Haspel has been hurt and taken into custody in Germany," Powell told Cohen, according to the book. "You need to launch a special operations mission to get her."
Powell was referencing a baseless QAnon conspiracy that Haspel had been injured during a secret CIA mission to seize an election-related computer server that belonged to a company named Scytl.
"The server, Powell claimed, contained evidence that hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of votes had been switched using rigged voting machines," Karl wrote. "Powell believed Haspel had embarked on this secret mission to get the server and destroy the evidence -- in other words, the CIA director was part of the conspiracy."
Powell wanted the Defense Department to send a team to Germany to seize the server and force Haspel to confess to alleged crimes, but Cohen thought she sounded out of her mind and immediately reported the call to the acting defense secretary, and the CIA denied her conspiracy theories.
"I'm happy to tell you that Director Haspel is alive and well and at the office," a spokesperson said.