Wikileaks Tweets Evidence That American Political Strategist And A National Correspondent Called For Julian Assange To Be Assassinated

Carla Miles

Wikileaks is tweeting evidence that an American political strategist and a national correspondent have called for the organization's founder, Julian Assange, to be assassinated, and a quick web search on the matter provides more proof that it likely has been a big concern for Assange over the years.

The tweets concern Time's Senior National Correspondent, Michael Grunwald, and Democratic strategist Bob Bechtel. Both men have not been shy to use their bully pulpits and free speech rights to target Julian Assange, as seen in these recent tweets over on the WikiLeaks account. In the first response, Wikileaks comments on former Time's Senior National Correspondent, Michael Grunwald.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 10, 2016

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 10, 2016

Assange was discussing the recent murder of Democratic National Party analyst Seth Rich with the host, and it seems clear the killing, in Assange's thinking, was connected to the DNC leaks scandal. As writer Bob Eschliman reports the matter over at Charisma online, Assange suggested in his replies that the DNC analyst, 27, might be the one who leaked the emails showing favoritism towards Hillary Clinton over Senator Bernie Sanders.

"WikiLeaks never sits on information. Whistleblowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks. As a 27-year-old, works for the DNC, was shot in the back, murdered just a few weeks ago for unknown reasons as he was walking down the street in Washington."
"I'm suggesting that our sources take risks and they are—they become concerned to see things occurring like that."
"We have to understand how high the stakes are in the United States. Our sources are—you know, our sources face serious risks. That's why they come to us. So we can protect their anonymity."

That is a scenario that came up previously in another interview last year and story from Giles Whittell over at the Times. Whittell described Assange as being "so paranoid he fears stepping out onto his balcony."

This seems a political year of almost Biblical relevance to some. The one verse coming to mind might be found over at Biblegateway.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, [a]nd those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words."

[AP Photo/Frank Augstein]