The Establishment/Incitements to Murder

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This article concerns the extreme hysterical reactions - mainly in the USA - to the WikiLeaks' publication of US diplomatic cables. In particular the calls by Establishment figures for the murder (liquidation, assassination,'taking out' and other assorted euphemisms) of the WikiLeaks figurehead and co-founder Julian Assange.

No one who incited the murder of Julian Assange is known to have been been disciplined in any way - in contrast to others whose words are sometimes termed "hate speech" ("hate crimes"). Compare and contrast what would happen to any establishment figure were he/she to call for similar measures - or even reasonable judicial measures - to be taken against say a prima facie Zionist Israeli war criminal.

Broadcast death threats

As US Presidential candidate in 2016 Donald Trump stated that "I could shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters".[1]

A number of commentators expressed their belief that Julian Assange should die and that steps should be taken to bring this about.

Date Name Position Quotation Reference
27 Jul 2010 Ralph Peters U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and author I do not believe in leaks. I would execute leakers. They're betraying our country. Fox News
29 Oct 2010 Johan Goldberg Editor-at-large of National Review Online I’d like to ask a simple question: Why isn’t Julian Assange dead? ...Why wasn’t Assange garroted in his hotel room years ago? It’s a serious question. The National Review
29 Nov 2010 Rush Limbaugh Radio talk show host on video Back in the old days when men were men and countries were countries, this guy would die of lead poisoning from a bullet in the brain. YouTube Video
29 Nov 2010 Rush Limbaugh Radio talk show host on own web-site (laughing) Ah, folks, even Greg Palkot of Fox News interviewed Assange, which means that Roger Ailes knows where he is. Ailes knows where Assange is. Give Ailes the order and there is no Assange, I'll guarantee you, and there will be no fingerprints on it.
30 Nov 2010 William Kristol Editor of the Weekly Standard Why can't we act forcefully against WikiLeaks? Why can't we use our various assets to harass, snatch or neutralize Julian Assange and his collaborators, wherever they are? Weekley Standard Blog
30 Nov 2010 Steve Gill Nashville radio host Folks like Julian Assange should be targeted as terrorists. They should be captured and kept in Guantanamo Bay, or killed. Nashville Scene
30 Nov 2010 Thomas Flanagan former advisor to Canadian PM Stephen Harper I think Assange should be assassinated, actually. (laughs) I think Obama should put out a contract or use a drone or something.... I wouldn’t feel happy, uh, unhappy, if Assange disappeared. Freedom Radar
1 Dec 2010 G. Gordon Liddy Nixon White House Adviser, talk show host This fellow Anwar al-Awlaki - a joint U.S. citizen hiding out in Yemen - is on a 'kill list' [for inciting "terrorism" against the U.S.]. Mr. Assange should be put on the same list.
1 Dec 2010 Sarah Palin Former US Vice Presidential Candidate Julian Assange should be targeted like the Taliban Computer World
2 Dec 2010 Jeffrey Kuhner Washington Times columnist Headline: Assassinate Assange? Body: Julian Assange poses a clear and present danger to American national security ... The administration must take care of the problem - effectively and permanently. Washington Times
3 Dec 2010 Eric Bolling FOX News commentator [Assange] should be underground — six feet underground. ... He should be put in jail or worse, hanged in a public forum. YouTube Video
7 Dec 2010 Bob Beckel FOX News commentator A dead man can't leak stuff...This guy's a traitor, he's treasonous, and he has broken every law of the United States. And I'm not for the death penalty, so...there's only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a bitch. Huffington Post
12 Dec 2010 John Hawkins Blogger Julian Assange is not an American citizen and he has no constitutional rights. So, there's no reason that the CIA can't kill him. Moreover, ask yourself a simple question: If Julian Assange is shot in the head tomorrow or if his car is blown up when he turns the key, what message do you think that would send about releasing sensitive American data? Town Hall Blog
17 Dec 2010 Deroy Murdock Columnist for National Review If convicted, Bradley Manning should be placed against a wall and executed by firing squad. If extradited here, Assange deserves the same sendoff. National Review
Dec 2010 Donald Douglas Blogger, Right Wing News I won't think twice if Julian Assange meets the cold blade of an assassin, and apparently a significant number of others don't care for the guy. Right Wing News
Aug 2013 Michael Grunwald[2] Time Magazine senior national correspondent I can't wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange. Russia Today

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